This course will provide a thorough introduction to the ecology and identification of the owls of the Flathead Valley. Since we humans are mostly diurnal and many owls are nocturnal, they have a reputation of being “secretive”. Montana boasts the largest number (15) of breeding owl species of any state in the nation. The Flathead Valley provides habitat for approximately 12 of these species, but 3 species are extremely uncommon. By the end of the course, you should be able to correctly identify NW Montana owls, understand their adaptations, life histories and overall ecology. In addition, students will have a grasp on some owl research techniques that will help you locate owls on your own.