A Recovery Plan for the Barn Owl in Ontario
In Canada, the Barn Owl's breeding range is restricted to southwestern Ontario and extreme southern British Columbia. All of the historically occupied sites in Ontario are privately owned. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has designated the species as nationally "Vulnerable," based largely on a small but relatively healthy population in southern British Columbia. In Ontario, however, the species is considered "threatened" and is believed to be very close to extirpation.
The intent of this Recovery Plan is to provide an overview of the Barn Owl's biology (with an emphasis on limiting factors), and from that basis develop elements of a strategy to recover the population in Ontario, drawing heavily upon an in-depth literature review.
The goal of the recovery plan is to increase populations of the Barn Owl in Ontario to self-sustaining levels, and to enhance the populations of other grasslands-dependent birds. Through a cooperative effort of community groups, the objective is to establish a wild breeding population of at least 20 pairs of Barn Owls in southwestern Ontario by the end of 2003, and to create at least 1000 ha of rough grassland habitat during the same time period.
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