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Movements, Activity Patterns, and Habitat Use of Burrowing Owls in Saskatchewan

Elizabeth A. Haug and Lynn W. Oliphant
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 54, No. 1 (Jan., 1990), pp. 27-35
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3808896
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3808896
Page Count: 9
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Movements, Activity Patterns, and Habitat Use of Burrowing Owls in Saskatchewan
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Abstract

We studied the breeding ecology of burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) in central Saskatchewan during 1982-83. We determined home range, activity patterns, and habitat used for foraging for 6 radio-tagged adult male owls. Owls used grass-forb areas for foraging and avoided croplands and grazed pasture. Mean home-range size was 2.41 km2 (range = 0.14-4.81 km2). Peak foraging activity occurred between 2030 and 0630 hours. Ninety-five percent of all movements were within 600 m of the nest burrows. The nesting habitat requirements of short grass, open sites, and burrow availability can be met by managing and protecting existing historic sites.

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