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    Author(s): J.A. Blakesley; A.B. Franklin; R.J. Gutierrez
    Date: 1992
    Source: Journal of Wildlife Management. 56(2): 388-392
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    We directly observed roost and nest site selection in a population of northern spotted owls (Strix occidentalis caurina) in northwestern California during 1985-89. Because of potential biases caused by use of radio telemetry in previous studies, we examined habitat use relative to habitat availability at a level not previously reported for spotted owls. Spotted owls selected coniferous forest characterized by trees >53.3 cm in diameter more often (P < 0.05) than it was available. Hardwood stands and coniferous forest dominated by smaller trees were used less than ((P < 0.05), or in proportion to, their availability. The owls selected forests at 300-900 m elevations for roosting (P < 0.05), selected the lower third of slopes within a specific drainage (P < 0.05) and avoided the upper third for both roosting and nesting (P < 0.05). These observations support the findings of earlier workers who used radio telemetry to assess habitat selection in the northern spotted owl.

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    Blakesley, J.A.; Franklin, A.B.; Gutierrez, R.J. 1992. Spotted owl roost and nest site selection in northwestern California. Journal of Wildlife Management. 56(2): 388-392.

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