New paper: successful Barred Owl removal

I’m happy to finally share the results of a massive collaborative effort: the removal of Barred Owls from the Sierra Nevada. It is not an exaggeration to say that this averted the near-certain extirpation of California Spotted Owls from the core of their range. My now-former UW-Madison labmates Danny Hofstadter and Nick Kryshak led theContinue reading “New paper: successful Barred Owl removal”

Joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

On April 21st I successfully defended my dissertation, and on April 23rd I left Madison for points east; in early June I’ll be joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as Rose Postdoctoral Fellow! The remote defense was disappointing – I would’ve liked to shake my advisor’s hand and hug my parents – but it certainlyContinue reading “Joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology”

Field Report: owl tagging in Mendocino County, CA

Little is known about barred owl dispersal patterns in western North America, and I am a co-PI on a new project that is designed to fill that knowledge gap. The work – led by UW-Madison graduate student Whitney Watson – is taking place in California’s coastal redwood region, where barred owl densities are high relativeContinue reading “Field Report: owl tagging in Mendocino County, CA”

More coverage of the ‘barred owl growth’ paper

Gizmodo did a story on my paper showing rapid barred owl population growth in their ‘Earther’ section. Check it out HERE. There are direct quotes of my imitations of both spotted and barred owls, which makes me think I should stop hooting whenever someone asks what owls sound like. The Wildlife Society also did aContinue reading “More coverage of the ‘barred owl growth’ paper”