Western Great Lakes Owl Monitoring


Growing concern about changes in the distribution, population status, and habitat loss for many species of northern forest owls led several of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s natural resource organizations to develop an Owl Monitoring project. Currently, populations of forest owls are poorly monitored by existing bird surveys, such as the Breeding Bird Survey and Christmas Bird Counts. The Owl Monitoring project fills this gap with this volunteer-based owl survey conducted in early to late April each year.

From 2005 to 2014, this program was funded by the MN DNR and the WI DNR. Unfortunately,  funds from these agencies are no longer available. To keep the program active, HRBO implemented an online sign-up system in 2017. All volunteers need to register through this website. Route assignments are no longer being accepted via email or phone.


For more information about the data collected from 2005-2014, download the 2004-2015 report.