Author: Ellie Armstrong

Short-eared Owl 2020 Annual Report

The Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) is an open-country species that breeds in the northern United States and Canada and has likely experienced a long-term, range-wide population decline. However, the cause and magnitude of the decline are not well understood. Several conservation actions have been proposed for this species (Booms et al. 2014), including: 1) better define and protect important habitats; 2) improve population monitoring; 3) determine seasonal and annual movements; 4) re-evaluate NatureServe’s National Conservation Classifications; and 5) develop management plans and tools. Our program has been largely motivated by these conservation actions.

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Science & Adaptive Management in a National Monument

CSNM DST Cover (96 ppi 3xX)The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was the first U.S. National Monument set aside specifically for preservation of biodiversity. Using science to preserve biological diversity and improve habitat in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument highlights studies from Klamath Bird Observatory scientists and partners, framed as an adaptive management story of the Monument, its expansion, and the science which demonstrated that removing livestock grazing benefited bird species.

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Resources for Managed Forests

Commercial forestlands in the Pacific Northwest can provide important early‐ and mid‐seral forest conditions for some of the region’s at‐risk bird species. Here we offer a suite of decision support tools that present specific conservation actions that can be implemented as part of forest management operations. Such actions can enhance important bird habitat attributes.

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Short-eared Owl 2019 Annual Report

Miller et al 2019 WAfLS annual report croppedIn 2019 the expanded WAfLS project continued into its second year. A large group of volunteers sampled survey grids across eight western stated. The 2019 abundance estimates and habitat associations results add even more insight to land managers across the western United States to influence species-specific general conservation actions. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF.

Watch a recorded webinar discussing the results from the 2019 Annual Report.

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Short-eared Owl 2018 Annual Report

Miller et al 2018 SEOW Annual Report cropped (image)In 2018 the WAfLS project expanded to eight western states. Throughout those states, a large group of volunteers sampled a broad geography. The abundance estimates and habitat associations results from this effort provide critical insight to land managers across the western United States to influence species-specific general conservation actions. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF.

Watch a recorded webinar discussing the results from the 2018 Annual Report. 

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