Status and attempted reintroduction of burrowing owls in Minnesota, USA

  • Published source details Martell M.S., Schladweiler J. & Cuthbert F. (2001) Status and attempted reintroduction of burrowing owls in Minnesota, USA. Journal of Raptor Research, 35, 331-336.


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Translocate owls

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Bird Conservation
  1. Translocate owls

    A replicated study reviewing a reintroduction programme in Minnesota, USA (Martell et al. 2001), found that only eight of 105 (8%) burrowing owl Athene cunicularia juveniles translocated from South Dakota to Minnesota in 1986-90 were confirmed mortalities, with all other birds seen well past fledging age. However, no birds were seen after leaving the vicinity of the release site and no successful breeding attempts were recorded between 1992 and 1998. Birds were released at prairie sites in the species’ former range using ‘hacking pens’ (see ‘Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations’) and were fed for 33 days after release. In addition, artificial burrows were used to reduce predation chances and adult owls used as ‘parental models’.


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