LONG-EARED OWL

INTRODUCTION 

The long-eared owl (Asio otis) is a rare and local breeder in the southern part of BCR 14. It generally requires dense coniferous forests or plantations for nesting. This owl has been in decline across its range. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

HABITAT NEEDS 

Long-eared owls breed in dense coniferous or mixed forests (heavy to conifers) or groves adjacent to openings used for hunting. It will use northern hardwoods on occasion but this type is not preferred.

This bird uses communal roosts in the winter and does not appear to have established or defended breeding territories.

HABITAT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES 

Provide dense mature coniferous stands adjacent to open areas. The same coniferous stands may serve as winter roosting sites.

When assessing properties for habitat management potential, look for large openings in the southern part of BCR 14 with softwood-producing soils adjacent to them. Soils in Important Forest Soils Group IC such as Boscawen, Caesar, Champlain, Croghan, Deerfield, Hinckley, Quonset, Windsor are representatives of similar soils found in southern BCR 14.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION