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Saskatchewan Nocturnal Owl Survey

In Saskatchewan, non-standardized owl surveys were conducted along road routes from 1974 through 1999. The standardized Saskatchewan Nocturnal Owl Survey (SNOS) has been conducted annually since the spring of 2000. Since that time about 35 participants have surveyed almost 30 routes. Most routes have been surveyed in the Boreal Forest of the province with a few conducted in the Aspen Parkland. Saskatchewan is home to 11 species of owls at different times of the year, seven of these can be heard on nocturnal owls surveys: Long-eared, Barred, Great Gray, Boreal, Northern Saw-whet, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned owls. 

Until his untimely death in the fall of 2002, the SNOS was coordinated by Wayne Harris of SERM. If you are interested in participating in owl surveys, or would like more information, the new coordinator is: 

Alan R. Smith
Environment Canada 
115 Perimeter Road Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4 
Phone: 306-975-4091 


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