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about Klamath Bird Observatory

The Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS) was a citizen science project designed to gather information to better evaluate the population status of this species. This information is used by conservation practitioners to design management actions that will reverse the Short-eared Owl population declines.

WAfLS Project Overview

Project WAfLS was an eight-state program designed to assess the population status, trends, and threats against the Short-eared Owl, an enigmatic, open-country species. Project WAfLS engaged enthusiastic citizen-scientist volunteers across the west to gather critical survey data, enabling a rigorous assessment of the status of this species.

About & Status of the Short-eared Owl

The Short-eared Owl is an open-country, ground-nesting species found in marshes, grasslands, shrublands, and tundra across North America and around the world. They feed on small mammals (e.g. mice, voles, shrews), but sometimes they take birds.