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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Microhabitat Use of Migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls

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AUTHORS: Janelle Taylor, UW Stevens Point Wildlife Society; Logan Hubbard, UW Stevens Point Wildlife Society

ABSTRACT: The Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) (NSWO) is a mesopredator native to upland ecosystems. NSWO’s migrate in fall from September until December, peaking approximately mid-October. During migration this species encounters a wide variety of habitat types. Little is known about fine-scale habitat use of migrating NSWO’s within migration corridors. We analyzed data from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point student chapter of The Wildlife Society’s long-term saw-whet owl banding project conducted within Sandhill Wildlife Area in Babcock, Wisconsin from fall 2007 to 2015. NSWO’s were lured and captured using call playback devices and mist-nets and were banded using USGS aluminum leg bands. Trapping occurred in 7 microhabitat types: late successional (LS) red oak, LS white pine, LS big-tooth aspen, grass, seral stage pine/oak mix, and oak savanna. We used a single-factor ANOVA to test for significance of NSWO use between microhabitat types. We found no significance in regards to habitat use of this migrating species, potentially indicating that this species are habitat generalist during migration periods.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Lancaster Ballroom

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