Project Code: SUNPIN-01-025
Area:Applied Research
Sponsor:Sunpine Forest Products

The primary intent of this Project was to assess the distribution and abundance of the Northern Pygmy and Barred Owls in the west-central forests of Alberta.

Specific objectives included determining distribution and abundance of northern pygmy & barred owls, and examing the influence of biophysical factors on the distribution of northern pygmy & barred owls.

From early March to early May 2001, diurnal broadcast surveys were used to locate northern pygmy owls within the study area. Nocturnal broadcast surveys for barred owls were conducted over three years – 1999 to 2001 inclusive.

Study results are contained in two separate documents -:

* a 103 page Masters’ Thesis entitled "Distribution, Abundance and Habitat Selection of Northern Pygmy and Barred Owls Along the Eastern Slopes of the Alberta Rocky Mountains", written by Mark D. Piorecky, and dated December 2003; and
* an Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 91 entitled " Distribution, Abundance and Habitat Selection of Northern Pygmy and Barred Owls Along the Eastern Slopes of the Alberta Rocky Mountains", prepared by Mark D. Piorecky and David R.C. Prescott, and dated May 2004.

Keywords
Sunpine Forest Products Ltd.
Barred Owls
West- Central Alberta
Rapter Distribution and Abundance
Northern Pygmy Owls