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Program Meeting

Please join us in-person for our next Program Meeting
Programs will return in March 2023
At UNCA's Reuter Center and online at Blue Ridge Audubon's Facebook page
Reuter Center

University of North Carolina - Asheville

1 University Heights

Asheville, NC 28804

October 2022 Meeting:
Breeding Ecology of the Snowy Owl
with Denver Holt

The Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter is thrilled to offer a special program on the charismatic Snowy Owl by one of species’ foremost experts. Denver Holt, founder and president of the Owl Research Institute, has been a leader in owl research, education, and conservation for over 30 years. Since 1992, he has been studying the breeding ecology of Snowy Owls at Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States and one of the Snowy Owl’s top breeding grounds. Holt’s body of work documents populations trends, predator to prey relationships, environmental changes, and countless other phenomena, utilizing owls as bio-indicators of environmental health. His data assists with forest management plans, habitat conservation efforts, and the listing of critical species. His research on the Snowy Owl provides a baseline to track ecological changes in a place where climate change is happening quickly.


In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers, Holt contributed 4 species accounts to the Birds of North America project. Holt’s Alaskan Arctic research on the Snowy Owl has been featured in the National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and the New York Times. His work with owls has also been highlighted in countless magazines, films, and journals. In 2018 Holt received the prestigious Chandler S. Robbins Award from the American Birding Association. Holt speaks around the world and enjoys guiding nature tours and continuing to learn new things about wildlife and the natural world.

Denver with SNOW chick_Melissa Groo photo credit_2018.jpg
 Did you miss any of our 2021/2022 online program meetings?
Watch them here on our Facebook page.
(A Facebook account is not required.)

All Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter programs are free and open to everyone.

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