You may recall that This program was originally scheduled last Spring but, was cancelled due to a power outage at Manchester University. Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx it for this year.
Monday, April 9th at 6:30 pm Hoff Room, Manchester University Student Union
The consequences of using Barn Owls to control pest rodents: a case study
For many years, the sugarcane agricultural industry in south Florida has been implementing a nest box program in an attempt to inflate the local population of Barn Owls. It is hoped that these birds serve as biological controllers of rodent pests. This program has resulted in one of the densest populations in the world of what is typically considered an imperiled species. From 2005-2006, Jason Martin studied these owls and their relationship to both their prey and the agricultural environment in which they live. In this talk, he will present the findings of his research as well as potential conservation implications.
Jason Martin received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida. Following this, he worked as a biologist for the state wildlife agencies of Florida and New York. He currently lives in Warsaw, IN and works as a wetlands biologist for Kleenco Maintenance and Construction.
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