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    Author(s): Eric D. Forsman
    Date: 1983
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-162. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Nocturnal calling surveys are the most effective and most frequently used technique for locating spotted owls. Roosts and general nest locations may be located during the day by calling in suspected roost or nest areas. Specific nest trees are located by: (1) baiting with a live mouse to induce owls to visit the nest, (2) calling in suspected nest areas to stimulate the female to call or fly from the nest, or (3) observing adults during prenesting displays. An effective technique for climbing large nest trees is to rig the tree with a climbing rope. Mechanical climbing aids are then used to ascend the rope. The principal method used to determine the diet is identification and enumeration of prey in regurgitated pellets. The most effective method of trapping spotted with a noose pole. Other trapping methods include mist nets, bal chatri traps, bow nets, and dip nets. Radio transmitters for long-term radiotelemetry studies are usually attached with a backpack harness; the antenna should be reinforced to keep it from crimping or breaking.

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    Forsman, Eric D. 1983. Methods and materials, for locating and studying spotted owls. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-162. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p


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