Posted by: atowhee | February 9, 2017


The future of scientific research in the U.S. feels insecure.  But for now the field work and findings continue.  Here are two of my favorite projects here in the Pacific states.

  1. Sandhill Cranes of Ladd Marsh, in northeast Oregon. Where do the breeding birds go for the winter? Mostly California but not exclusively. Click here for the researchers’ power point presentation. crane-stained
  2. There is an on-going research into the habits and habitat of the Great Gray Owls in the Yosemite area.  It is largely funded by Yosemite Conservancy. The species may number as low as 300 in all of California where it is on the state’s endangered list. Click here for link.

This poster is on display at the Yosemite Visitors Center.  Can the Trumpian feds force its removal?  “Climate change” is a big political no-no now now.grey-owl-climateHere’s just one of many research projects described on the Conservancy’s website.

BTW, if you want to see a Great Gray Owl here in Oregon, we have a good chanc e on a trip I’m leading out of Ashland in late May.

Southern Cascades is May 26-29.  This trip will include Klamath Basin and Butte Valley.   Of course, we will try for Great Gray Owl on their breeding grounds.  Other targets: Green-tailed Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, nesting Sandhill Cranes, dancing Western Grebes, Black Tern, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Calliope Hummingbird, Dipper, Oak Titmouse, California Towhee, White-tailed Kite and White-faced Ibis.

Here is website for more info:

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