Distribution of burrowing owls in east-central South Dakota

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Abstract

Western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) populations have declined across much of western North America, particularly at the northern and eastern edges of the species’ breeding range (Martell et al. 2001, Murphy et al. 2001, Shyry et al. 2001, Skeel et al. 2001, Klute et al. 2003). In South Dakota, the burrowing owl is a summer resident that historically was relatively common throughout the state, but its range has decreased in recent decades, especially in the eastern half of the state (Whitney et al. 1978, South Dakota Ornithologists’ Union [SDOU] 1991, Peterson 1995). Tallman et al. (2002) described the species as uncommon to locally common in western South Dakota, uncommon in the north-central part of the state, and casual (i.e., not within the species’ normal range, but with 3–10 records in the past 10 years) elsewhere in the eastern half. The burrowing owl is a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks [SDGFP] 2006) and a Level I Priority Species in South Dakota (Bakker 2005).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution of burrowing owls in east-central South Dakota
Series title The Prairie Naturalist
Edition 2
Volume 45
Issue 1
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher South Dakota State University
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 60
Last page 64
Country United States
State South Dakota
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