AdvisorSteidl, Robert J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractOn the Colorado Plateau, environments occupied by Mexican spotted owls (Strix occidentalis lucida) receive intense levels of recreational activity that could adversely effect their behavior and reproductive success. Any spatial restrictions on recreational activities in these narrow canyons would likely eliminate all recreational activity within a given canyon. We assessed changes to activity budgets and nest attendance caused by hikers (Chapter 1) and examined factors that influenced flush responses of roosting owls to hikers (Chapter 2). We conclude that high levels of recreational activity in nesting habitat may be detrimental to Mexican spotted owls and recommend a 205-m radius buffer zone around occupied nests. Based on responses of roosting owls to hikers, we established response thresholds as a basis for exploring management options that will maximize protection of owls and minimize restrictions to recreationists.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources