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Title: Modeling seasonal detection patterns for burrowing owl surveys

Author: Latif, Quresh S.; Fleming, Kathleen D.; Barrows, Cameron; Rotenberry, John T.;

Date: 2012

Source: Wildlife Society Bulletin. 36: 155-160.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: To guide monitoring of burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) in the Coachella Valley, California, USA, we analyzed survey-method-specific seasonal variation in detectability. Point-based call-broadcast surveys yielded high early season detectability that then declined through time, whereas detectability on driving surveys increased through the season. Point surveys without call-broadcasts yielded the lowest detectability rates overall. To maximize detectability, we recommend coupling early season point-based call-broadcast surveys with late-season driving surveys. Occupancy models proved useful for integrating data from multiple methods to analyze distributional patterns while accounting for variation in detectability.

Keywords: Athene cunicularia, burrowing owl, California, call-broadcast surveys, detectability, occupancy models, population monitoring

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Latif, Quresh S.; Fleming, Kathleen D.; Barrows, Cameron; Rotenberry, John T. 2012. Modeling seasonal detection patterns for burrowing owl surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 36: 155-160.

 


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