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.