San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Vertebrate Species
An Adaptive Management Approach to Recovering Burrowing Owl Populations and Restoring a Grassland Ecosystem in San Diego County

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Project description

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR), in partnership with multiple agencies, has developed an adaptive conservation management program to assist in the recovery of Western Burrowing Owls (BUOW; Athene cunicularia hypugaea) and their grassland ecosystem in San Diego County. Main objectives include (1) establishing more natural grassland ecosystems in San Diego County by re-establishing ground squirrels that provide critical resources for BUOW and valuable ecosystem engineering effects; (2) better understanding of the factors regulating BUOW population dynamics; and (3) developing a comprehensive strategic management plan for BUOW in San Diego County.


Project protocol

Name: No protocol available at this time


Project location

County: Baja California, San Diego

General: South-central, South-west

MU: 3


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Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target species: Burrowing Owl

Target vegetation: grassland


Implementing entities

Principal investigator: Ronald R. Swaisgood

SDMMP lead: Yvonne Moore

Study lead: Lisa A. Nordstrom


Project funding agreements

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Strategic elements

Budget year: FY15-16 Work plan objectives number: 1.2


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