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Screech-Owl Project

Eastern Screech-OwlEastern Screech-Owls are the most common owl species in North America, yet little is known about their habitat needs or population dynamics. To fill knowledge gaps – and get citizens involved in science linked to conservation – RMBO enlists volunteers to monitor Eastern Screech-Owls along the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Volunteers visit sites along the Poudre River from early March to late May to collect data on the presence of Eastern Screech-Owls, other owls and additional factors. The data contributes to our understanding of Eastern Screech-Owl populations along this important urban natural area and informs management and restoration of the Poudre River to benefit owls, other wildlife and people.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • See and hear owls at night in an urban setting
  • Learn about the value of the Poudre River and surrounding habitat, as well as Eastern Screech-Owl behavior during the breeding season
  • Contribute to research and conservation


  • Must be able to conduct surveys at night
  • Follow a standardized protocol for gathering data
  • Drive to monitoring sites and walk to river


March 4, 2015, in Fort Collins

RSVP with Rob Sparks at 970-482-1707 ext. 19 or rob.sparks[at]

EASO PatchSupport the Project. Buy a Patch!

Purchase an Eastern Screech-Owl citizen science patch. $10. All proceeds go to the project. Contact Rob Sparks at the info above.

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For more information, or to sign up:

Rob Sparks

GIS Manager and Research Biologist

970-482-1707 ext. 19


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