2018 Forest Owl Season Wrap-up

01 August 2018 Written by  
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We just completed the third year of our Forest Owl Study--twelve weeks of fieldwork studying small owl communities and the tree hollows they use to nest and roost in the forests of southeast Arizona and northern Utah.  This is a collaborative project between HawkWatch International and Earthwatch Institute.  Thank you to the 75 citizen scientists that joined us in the field to search for and monitor territories and nests, map tree hollows, conduct night surveys, and band owls--this effort wouldn’t be possible without you!  This year we had 29 teens take part in the program, it is always fun and rewarding to introduce future decision makers to wildlife, science, and wild public spaces.   We gathered data on ~ 60 cavity plots and also trapped and banded over 60 individual owls, and 5 different species (Elf, Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech, and Whiskered Screech).  Most exciting and informative among these were our re-encounters of owls from previous seasons—three different Whiskered Screech Owls were males that we’ve encountered for three straight years on their same territories!

If you are interested in joining us for a week in 2019, visit the Earthwatch website for expedition dates and info!

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