Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/278707
Title:
Effects of backcountry recreation on Mexican spotted owls
Author:
Swarthout, Elliott Clifford Hunt
Issue Date:
1999
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
On 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.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Biology, Ecology.; Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.; Recreation.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Steidl, Robert J.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleEffects of backcountry recreation on Mexican spotted owlsen_US
dc.creatorSwarthout, Elliott Clifford Hunten_US
dc.contributor.authorSwarthout, Elliott Clifford Hunten_US
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.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.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBiology, Ecology.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.en_US
dc.subjectRecreation.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSteidl, Robert J.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1396518en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b39916893en_US
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