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Re: recording owl vocalizations

Subject: Re: recording owl vocalizations
From: "Rich Peet" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:27:40 -0000
--- In  "wahpenayo" <>

> I am calling the owls in by imitating their calls. They are reacting
> to me as an intruder in their territory, or as a nearby territorial
> owl. It's part of an experiment I'm conducting to compare barred owl
> responsiveness to barred owl calls vs. spotted owl calls. It's a
> small slice of the huge research effort ongoing for spotted owls.
> I'm keeping track of how long it takes them to respond, what calls
> they use, the duration of their response, etc. If I record it, I
> don't have to madly try to write everything down.

Doesn't someone else here see a problem in using playback of an
endangered species sound to a competitor species that has been
identified causing a hybrid problem.

These owls are already being over surveyed by too many groups with the
use of playback and are already being over banded by the use of
playback.  Is there one oldgrowth area anywhere where these owls are
being left alone?  Can't get my support to teach more barred owls that
the spotted owl calls are a usual sound.  Can't get my support to ever
use playback on an endangered species for the purpose of advocating
continued clearcut of forrests.  This sure looks like way to much of a
risk of ending up with a pile more "Barred X Spotted" Owls.



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