New study could help reduce industrial disturbance by predicting where owls are likely to be nesting.


The breeding grounds of two elusive Canadian owls could be a little safer now thanks to new University of Alberta research.

Zoltán Domahidi was among a group of researchers who identified new factors that give a better idea of the habitat most likely used for nesting by the hard-to-track boreal owl and the northern saw-whet owl.

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The information, published in Avian Conservation & Ecology, could be used by forest planners to avoid the owls’ breeding grounds.

“Pipeline, road or utility line planners could use this information to provide alternate routes if their future projects create linear disturbances in areas where boreal owls are most likely to be,” said Domahidi.

Though neither species is currently at risk in North America, extensive research in Finlan...

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