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Distribution and habitat use of Mexican spotted owls in Arizona.

Ganey, J. L. and Balda, Russell P. (1989) Distribution and habitat use of Mexican spotted owls in Arizona. Condor, 91 (2). pp. 355-361. ISSN 1938-5129


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Distribution and habitat use of Mexican Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis lucida ) in Arizona were studied from 1984-1988. Owls were widely but patchily distributed throughout the state except for the arid southwestern portion. Distribution of the owl corresponded with distribution of forested mountains and canyonlands within the state. Owls occurred either in rocky canyons or in any of several forest types, and were most common where unlogged closed canopy (> 80%) forests occurred in steep canyons. Several forest types provided these habitat characteristics in southern Arizona, and owls occurred in all of them. Only unlogged mixed-conifer forest provided these characteristics in northern Arizona, and most owls (67%) were found in this forest type in northern Arizona. Many owls in northern Arizona (54%) were located in areas where timber harvest was either occurring now or was planned in the next 5 years.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: © 1989 The Cooper Ornithological Society.
ID number or DOI: 10.2307/1368314
Keywords: CANYONS; Habitat utilization
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 22:18
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/519

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