Subject: Owl Conservation and Research News - 23 August 2021

Owl Conservation & Research News

A summary of recent owl publications, conservation and conference and news.

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This special edition of the OCRN contains all the proceedings from the World Owl Conference held in Portugal in 2017, recently published by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). To see a full archive of these publications, visit

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Migration of the Eurasian Scops-owl (Otus scops) over the Western Mediterranean.

Carles Barriocanal, David Robson, Gabriel Gargallo

Distribution and current state of the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in Ukraine.

Andriy-Taras Bashta

Birds as prey of owls: an intra- and interspecific comparison.

Simon Birrer

Owl education methods used around the world.

Karla Bloem

Sensitivities to land use change by breeding Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in Britain.

Jennifer A. Border, John Calladine

An evaluation of 25 years of volunteer nocturnal owl surveys in Manitoba, Canada.

James R. Duncan

Breeding ecology of captive-released and wild Western Burrowing Owls

(Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in southwestern Manitoba, Canada, 2010-2012.

Alexandra L.M. Froese, James R. Duncan

Movements and habitat selection of Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) in North America.

Marcel A. Gahbauer, Travis L. Booms, Paul G. Novak, Mathew D. Schlesinger,
Lisa Takats-Priestley, Kristen L. Keyes

Status and monitoring of Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) in North and South America.

Marcel A. Gahbauer, Robert A. Miller, Neil Paprocki, Alejandro Morici, Adam C. Smith, David A. Wiggins

A 25 year overview of the contaminant exposure and effects in Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) from southern Spain.

Pilar Gómez-Ramírez, Silvia Espín, Mario León-Ortega, Francisco Botella, José Francisco Calvo, Pedro Javier Jiménez-Montalbán, Pedro María-Mójica, José Enrique Martínez, Isabel Navas, Juan Manuel Pérez-García, José Antonio Sánchez-Zapata, Alejandra Taliansky-Chamudis, Nico Van Den Brink, Emma Martínez-López, Antonio Juan García-Fernández

Pre-incubation behaviour of a pair of Eurasian Eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) based on IR-video recordings at a nest site in Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 2014-2015.

Christian T. Harms

Incubation period behaviour of a pair of Eurasian Eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) based on IR-video recordings at a nest site in Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 2015.

Christian T. Harms

Monitoring owl populations in a natural mountainous forest in the Austrian Alps
(Dürrenstein Wilderness Area, IUCN Category I).

Thomas Hochebner, Ingrid Kohl, Claudia Schütz, Gerhard Rotheneder

Recent and historical distribution of Little Owl (Athene noctua) in Bulgaria.

Assen Ignatov, Georgi Popgeorgiev

Designs for nest box, owl stopper, and patio trap for Eurasian Scops-owl (Otus scops) and other small cavity-nesting owls.

David H. Johnson, Elif Göçer, C. Can Bilgin

Owl telemetry – a comparison of transmitter designs and harness methods for Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) in Austria.

Ingrid Kohl, Christoph Leditznig, Franz Aigner

Use of telemetry for guiding the reintroduction of Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) in Austria.

Ingrid Kohl, Christoph Leditznig, Franz Aigner, Theresa Walter, Richard Zink

Habitat degradation and climate change as drivers of long-term declines of two forest-dwelling owl populations in boreal forest.

Erkki Korpimäki

Estimating the population and distribution trends of owls in Portugal using citizen science data from Program NOCTUA-Portugal and other sources.

Rui Lourenço, Sara Moreira, Inês Roque, Ricardo Tomé

A review on the captive propagation and conservation of the Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in British Columbia, 1983-2017.

Lauren Meads, Aimee Mitchell, Mike Mackintosh

Impact of the environment on the number of Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) territories 
in beech forests, Slovakia.

Vladimír Nemček

History of Northern Saw-whet Owls (Aegolius acadicus) in North America: Discovery to present day.

Mitchell L. Pruitt, Kimberly G. Smith

TytoTagus Project: Common Barn Owl post-fledging dispersal and survival in the Tagus Valley, Portugal.

Inês Roque, Ana Marques, Rui Lourenço, J. Tiago Marques, Carlos Godinho, Pedro Pereira, João E. Rabaça

Field observations of Pere David’s Owl (Strix davidi) in central China,140 years after its first description.

Wolfgang Scherzinger, Yun Fang, Mei Shi, Yue-Hua Sun

Population dynamics and conservation of the Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in the United States and Canada: a 20-year update.

Steven R. Sheffield

Using bioacoustics to study vocal behaviour and habitat use of Barred Owls, Boreal Owls and Great Horned Owls.

Julia Shonfield, Erin M. Bayne

Age and sex of Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) during summer irruption on Beliy Island, Yamal in 2015.

Roar Solheim, Aleksandr Sokolov

Home range, perching height and reaction to approaching humans by radio-tagged Ural Owls.

Roar Solheim, Geir A. Sonerud, Hallvard Strøm

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) males select the highest vantage points around nests.

Roar Solheim, Ingar Jostein Øien, Tomas Aarvak, Karl-Otto Jacobsen

Snowy Owl hunting behaviour and prey spotting distances revealed by vole lures.

Roar Solheim

The quality of protein sources for egg production in Tawny Owls (Strix aluco) and Eurasian Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus).

Arnold van den Burg

Male Little Owl (Athene noctua) attempting brood care after loss of nesting female.

Ronald van Harxen, Pascal Stroeken

Molecular taxonomy and systematics of owls (Strigiformes) - An update.

Michael Wink, Hedi Sauer-Gürth

The Population Density of the Eurasian Scops-owl (Otus scops) Along the Eastern Adriatic Coast.

Tjaša Zagoršek, Al Vrezec

Reintroducing the Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) to Austria – Requirements for a successful comeback.

Richard Zink, Theresa Walter, Christoph Leditznig, Ingrid Kohl

The Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) as a breeder on buildings in Germany.

Martin Lindner

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The irruptive nature of Snowy Owls: an overview of some of the recent  empirical evidence.

Jean-François Therrien, Gilles Gauthier, Tom McDonald,  Norman Smith, Scott Weidensaul, David Brinker,  Rebecca McCabe, Audrey Robillard, Joël Bêty, Nicolas Lecomte

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