Population density of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies in northeastern Mexico

Ruiz Aymá, Gabriel y Olalla Kerstupp, Alina y Macías Duarte, Alberto y Guzmán Velasco, Antonio y González Rojas, José Ignacio (2016) Population density of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies in northeastern Mexico. BMC Ecology, 16 (1). ISSN 1472-6785

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Background: The western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) occurs throughout western North America in various habitats such as desert, short-grass prairie and shrub-steppe, among others, where the main threat for this species is habitat loss. Range-wide declines have prompted a need for reliable estimates of its populations in Mexico, where the size of resident and migratory populations remain unknown. Results: Our objective was to estimate the abundance and density of breeding western burrowing owl populations in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies in two sites located within the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion in the states of Nuevo Leon and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Line transect surveys were conducted from February to April of 2010 and 2011. Fifty 60 ha transects were analyzed using distance sampling to estimate owl and Mexican prairie dog populations. We estimated a population of 2026 owls (95 % CI 1756–2336) in 2010 and 2015 owls (95 % CI 1573–2317) in 2011 across 50 Mexican prairie dog colonies (20,529 ha). Conclusions: The results represent the first systematic attempt to provide reliable evidence related to the size of the adult owl populations, within the largest and best preserved Mexican prairie dog colonies in Mexico.

Tipo de elemento: Article
Palabras claves no controlados: Chihuahuan Desert, Distance sampling, Grassland, Mexican prairie dog, Mexico, Population, Western burrowing owl
Divisiones: Ciencias Biológicas
Usuario depositante: Lic. Jesús E. Alvarado
Creadores:
CreadorEmailORCID
Ruiz Aymá, GabrielNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Olalla Kerstupp, AlinaNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Macías Duarte, AlbertoNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Guzmán Velasco, AntonioNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
González Rojas, José IgnacioNO ESPECIFICADONO ESPECIFICADO
Fecha del depósito: 11 Sep 2018 18:31
Última modificación: 24 Oct 2018 16:21
URI: http://eprints.uanl.mx/id/eprint/14763

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