RESEARCH

SHORT-EARED OWL

RESULTS

Phase 1:  Southern Ontario population survey
MRF began monitoring Short-eared Owl territories across southern Ontario since 2003, and in 2005 switched to a more focused investigation of the Kingston area.  Background information on this research can be found in the project outline section, progress reports are archived in the notes from the field, and reports summarizing the 2003 and 2005 findings are listed under publications

Phase 2:  Tracking migration through satellite telemetry
In 2004, MRF started to develop plans for studying the movements of Short-eared Owls using satellite telemetry, and in April 2007 placed its first transmitter on a bird nearing the end of its rehabilitation stint at the Owl Foundation in Vineland, Ontario.  It originally came from Saskatchewan and was released there in October 2007.  Background information on this part of the study can be found
here, the notes from the field section includes some preliminary observations on the experimental segment of this research, and the tracking results can be accessed here.

Phase 3: Stable isotope analysis and habitat usage
Plans for this phase of research began in 2008 as a follow-up to earlier research in southern Ontario, using additional technology to expand the scope of study. Click here to review the study outline, and check the notes from the field section beginning in spring 2009 for updates during the survey season.  Results of this work are available in the M.Sc. thesis by Kristen Keyes, posted on our publications page.


 

2002- The Migration Research Foundation Inc.