Science in the Field: Tracking Utah's Tiny Owls

Ogden, UT, USA

3 reviews
Jul 17 - 21, 2020
Group size: 4 - 8
Science in the Field: Tracking Utah's Tiny Owls
Ogden, UT, USA

3 reviews

Jul 17 - 21, 2020
Group size: 4 - 8

About this trip

As darkness falls, discover one of the most secretive owl species in North America. Join us on an expedition into the mountains of Northern Utah to hear the low-pitched "boop" of the Flammulated Owl. The pocked-sized insectivore is less than six inches tall with dark, searching eyes—and an expert avian biologist will help us find them.

This is a chance to join researchers in their search for active nest sites, and to provide assistance as they measure and band female birds and follow the calls of territorial males. You’ll help scientists understand resource needs in an ever-changing environment and shifting climate. In these four days, we’ll add important data to the long-term study of this unique, tiny owl.

Hiking, bushwhacking, and the carrying of field equipment are required. Participants must be able to hike between 5 and 10 miles per day on sometimes steep and unmarked terrain. We will also be spending extended time in the forest after dark with headlamps and flashlights.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Four nights of lodging in double-accommodation rooms in a shared house. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender.
  • Meals
    Daily breakfast & lunch, and three dinners
  • Expert Guides
    An expert avian biologist and his assistant
  • Activities & Admission
    Admission to all proposed areas and activities.
  • Private transport
    12-passenger Sprinter
  • Flights
    Airfare to andd from Salt Lake City Airport (SLC). If arriving by vehicle, then transport to and from Ogden, Utah
  • Travel insurance
    Optional but recommended.
  • Personal expenses
    Such as baggage charges, laundry, additional food and drink.
  • US Visa
    If applicable

Available options

Your Organizer

Atlas Obscura Inc.
3 reviews
Atlas Obscura offers unique and unusual international adventures featuring carefully curated and one-of-a-kind itineraries. Our expeditions are inspired by Atlas Obscura’s relentless inquisitiveness and dedication to the most curious and awe-inspiring parts of our world. Our adventure packages are designed to bring travelers to fascinating and unexpected destinations, offer special on-the-ground access to unique sites, and reveal the hidden stories behind each one. All the while, you'll be surrounded by expert guides and other inquisitive explorers eager to delve into the unexpected. We can’t wait for you to join us—and we promise it will be unforgettable.


This was the trip of a lifetime! Jason Goldman and Phil Torres are experts in their fields including science, photography, and journalism. They made themselves available to us at all times and often dropped what they were doing to answer questions or address issues. There was a wide range of activities to keep us busy at nearly all hours of the day. Note that viewing wildlife was limited to observing and photographing, rather than hands-on research like I expected with the macaws. However, I saw more wildlife in quantity in quality than I ever have in one week, which made this trip worth every penny—plus we got the bonus of free pics of ourselves in the jungle taken by pro photogs who’ve had work in Nat Geo! I expected to be hot in the lodges without air conditioning but was surprised there were no fans at least for overnight. I want to mention that, given the potential danger in all 3 dimensions at all times in the jungle, I felt as safe as possible with our guides and other staff. I have felt more unsafe on trips to safer locales with reckless guides and staff in those places. I would love to go with Phil and Jason to Madagascar if that becomes an available trip!
By Wendy S for Expedition Amazon on 11 Mar, 2019
This is a trip we have wanted to take for years, but we could not figure out the logistics of it all. We were so excited to see Atlas Obscura offer this trip and signed up within a couple of hours of it being offered. Seeing these Monarch Migration sites in Mexico was really special. Millions of Monarchs make this amazingly long journey and there they were for us to observe. WOW - really amazing and difficult to describe. This was the first trip that AO took to the migration sites, so a couple glitches that I know they will work out for the next group to enjoy. Last, my wife and I were celebrating out 5th wedding anniversary on this trip and AO surprised us with some beautiful roses & champagne in our room on the first night - nice touch! Thank you!
By Vicki K for Mexico’s Great Monarch Butterfly Migration February 24–28 on 05 Mar, 2019
Breathtaking. This trip provided a unique opportunity to experience one of the natural wonders of the world in a safe, friendly environment wth expert and passionate guides. Overall a “can’t miss” experience
By Crystal D for Mexico’s Great Monarch Butterfly Migration February 24–28 on 02 Mar, 2019