Repository logo

Recreational shooting: how are sites selected and what are the implications for Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) reproduction?




Van Horne, Beatrice, author
Woodard, Jason D., author
SGS-LTER, Colorado State University, publisher

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


Declines in burrowing owl populations are inextricably linked to human activity and associated disturbances. Habitat loss and rodent control programs are the primary cause of observed declines (Butts 1973). Recreational shooting, harassment, and other human disturbances may exacerbate this decline by promoting mortality and nest failure in local populations. The extent and magnitude of these effects, however, remain unknown (Haug et al. 1993, Holroyd 1998).


The SGS-LTER research site was established in 1980 by researchers at Colorado State University as part of a network of long-term research sites within the US LTER Network, supported by the National Science Foundation. Scientists within the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biology Department at CSU, California State Fullerton, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wyoming, among others, have contributed to our understanding of the structure and functions of the shortgrass steppe and other diverse ecosystems across the network while maintaining a common mission and sharing expertise, data and infrastructure.
Colorado State University. Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory; Colorado State University. Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; Colorado State University. Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Colorado State University. Department of Biology; California State University, Fullerton; United States. Agricultural Research Service; University of Northern Colorado.

Rights Access


shortgrass steppe
long term ecological research
grassland ecology
Pawnee National Grassland
Central Plains Experimental Range


Associated Publications