Authors : Clay E. Corbin
Abstract: Barred owls are distributed widely in Eastern North America and utilize various habitats. Owls were reported in a local habitat area in Ocean Township, NJ. However, several factors, at least superficially, seemed to point to the patch’s unsuitability for the species. Hence, I performed a habitat suitability assessment on the area using various transect and detection methods. No owls were directly detected by sight or sound. However, the habitat was suitable for 2 of 3 main habitat suitability requirements. Any owls are utilizing the patch for foraging and/or nesting would be considered tolerant of high levels of human activity.
Clay E. Corbin , 2007. An Assessment of Barred Owl (Strix varia) Habitat Suitability in Ocean Township, New Jersey, USA . Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2: 413-418.