Project Report 2016: An adaptive management approach to recovering burrowing owl populations and restoring a grassland ecosystem in San Diego County

Type: report

Article abstract: We report on the sixth year’s progress in a multi-year program with the goal of developing a strategy to support the recovery of Western burrowing owls (BUOW; Athene cunicularia hypugaea) and their grassland ecosystem in San Diego County. Current BUOW management is dependent on continued human intervention and may not be self-sustaining. Because the California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) is a keystone species that helps engineer California grassland ecosystems and provides critical resources for BUOW, re-establishment of this species is a crucial component of any sustainable recovery plan for BUOW and the larger ecosystem.

Number of pages: 114

Authors: Wisinski, Colleen; Hennessy, Sarah; Montagne, J.P.; Marczak, Susanne; Stevens, Michael; Hargis, Jacob; Shier, Debra M.; Swaisgood, Ronald R.; Nordstrom, Lisa A.;

Year: 2016

Prepared for: The San Diego Foundation;

Prepared by: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research;

Keywords: burrowing owl; grasslands; ground squirrel;

Species: Western burrowing owl

Vegetation communities: grassland


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File owner: San Diego Management and Monitoring Program