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Northern Saw-whet owls in Arkansas: Where are they going?

Principal Investigator(s):

Mitchell L. Pruitt, Kimberly G. Smith

Institution:

Dept. Biological Sciences, U. Arkansas

Project Term:

2017 - 2018

The Northern Saw-whet Owl (NSWO) has an extensive range through most of Canada and the northern U.S., as well as south into the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains (König et al. 1999). Little is known about this secretive species despite its widespread distribution. Its migration through the south-central U.S. has been recently discovered, occurring during late autumn and early winter (Pruitt and Smith 2016). Prior to 2014, NSWO were considered a rare bird in Arkansas with only 13 previous sightings within the state (James and Neal 1986, Pruitt and Smith 2016, Arkansas Audubon Society Bird Records Database).

Project Objectives

  1. Capture and band NSWO at the Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC) in Madison County, AR.
  2. Outfit NSWO with radio transmitters to track their stay in the region using telemetry surveys.
  3. Identify roosting sites and assess habitat around roosting sites.

Program Report: Northern Saw-whet Owls in Arkansas Where are they going

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