Validation of a geographic information system predictive habitat model for burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) at US Army, Dugway Proving Ground
This study was designed to validate the use of Geological Information Systems (GIS) for creating a predictive habitat model that produces raster maps of acceptable habitats for Burrowing Owls, Athene cunicularia (ATCU). The model was designed to locate ATCU habitat for long-term monitoring purposes at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground. ArcGIS 9 was used to manipulate data from three data layers: Southwest Regional Gap Analysis vegetation layer, slope data, and proximity to edge. A weighted index was assigned to individual pixels. The weighted index was a product of the weighting factors (0.45, ...
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