Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finishing the 2012 Boreal Owl Survey

June 14 to June 16, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I finished our Boreal Owl survey for 2012 in the Colorado State Forest.  Because of the High Park fire, we had to circle around through Kremmling (by way of Rand) to get to the Colorado State Forest.  Highway 14 is/was closed down from Fort Collins to Pingree Park Road.

Over the three days, we drove and hiked much of the Colorado State Forest.  We never found time to visit the Visitor's Center (therefore do not know the status of the White-throated Sparrow that spent the winter behind the building.

On the night of the 15th, we tried to drive to Pingree Park Road and get up to Pennock Pass (Larimer).  Once at Highway 14 and Pingree Park Road we were turned around.  We fear that many of the Flammulated Owl nesting attempts maybe or are in jeopardy.  I hope that the adults will escape the wildfire (the eggs and young may not be so fortunate).

The final Boreal Owl count and survey will be addressed in July's "Colorado Field Notes". 

We did find a Boreal Owl using a nesting box this year!!!

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