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Title: Documenting Western Burrowing Owl Reproduction and Activity Patterns Using Motion-Activated Cameras

Abstract

We used motion-activated cameras to monitor the reproduction and patterns of activity of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) above ground at 45 burrows in south-central Nevada during the breeding seasons of 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005. The 37 broods, encompassing 180 young, raised over the four years represented an average of 4.9 young per successful breeding pair. Young and adult owls were detected at the burrow entrance at all times of the day and night, but adults were detected more frequently during afternoon/early evening than were young. Motion-activated cameras require less effort to implement than other techniques. Limitations include photographing only a small percentage of owl activity at the burrow; not detecting the actual number of eggs, young, or number fledged; and not being able to track individual owls over time. Further work is also necessary to compare the accuracy of productivity estimates generated from motion-activated cameras with other techniques.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. NSTec
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Nevada Test Site/National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1166759
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-298
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Western Birds; Journal Volume: 45
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Burrowing Owl, Nevada, reproduction, motion-activated camera

Citation Formats

Hall, Derek B., and Greger, Paul D. Documenting Western Burrowing Owl Reproduction and Activity Patterns Using Motion-Activated Cameras. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Hall, Derek B., & Greger, Paul D. Documenting Western Burrowing Owl Reproduction and Activity Patterns Using Motion-Activated Cameras. United States.
Hall, Derek B., and Greger, Paul D. Fri . "Documenting Western Burrowing Owl Reproduction and Activity Patterns Using Motion-Activated Cameras". United States. doi:.
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title = {Documenting Western Burrowing Owl Reproduction and Activity Patterns Using Motion-Activated Cameras},
author = {Hall, Derek B. and Greger, Paul D.},
abstractNote = {We used motion-activated cameras to monitor the reproduction and patterns of activity of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) above ground at 45 burrows in south-central Nevada during the breeding seasons of 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005. The 37 broods, encompassing 180 young, raised over the four years represented an average of 4.9 young per successful breeding pair. Young and adult owls were detected at the burrow entrance at all times of the day and night, but adults were detected more frequently during afternoon/early evening than were young. Motion-activated cameras require less effort to implement than other techniques. Limitations include photographing only a small percentage of owl activity at the burrow; not detecting the actual number of eggs, young, or number fledged; and not being able to track individual owls over time. Further work is also necessary to compare the accuracy of productivity estimates generated from motion-activated cameras with other techniques.},
doi = {},
journal = {Western Birds},
number = ,
volume = 45,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014}
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