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Banding a juvenile spotted owl

Janice A. Reid

Wildlife Biologist
c/o BLM
777 NW Garden Valley Blvd
Roseburg
Oregon
United States
97471

Phone: 541-464-3229
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Current Research

Janice is currently the on-site field crew supervisor and project director for the Tyee Density Study Area, one of 8 federally funded northern spotted owl demography studies. The purpose of the density study is to determine the number of northern spotted owls in a bounded area regardless of habitat type or previous occupancy status of the study area. She directs and trains field crews in research techniques, manages logistics, interacts with various groups including other federal and state agencies as well as private individuals.

Research Interests

Janice is interested in using technology to improve and enhance the data collection process of her current research. Tools such as digital callers and sound editing software have improved the distance of vocal broadcast of calls and quality of the sound projected enabling the sound. Janice is interested in improving on the equipment used in the field by selecting and testing field equipment to last longer. She has successfully tested a technique to attach leg bands that requires fewer tools in the field.
Janice is interested in the effects of forest management activities on spotted owl site occupancy, survival and reproduction especially in regards to thinning activities in close proximity to spotted owl nesting sites. She is also interested in the effects of barred owls on spotted owl survival and reproduction. Yackulic, Charles B.; Reid, Janice; Nichols, James D.; Hines, James E.; Davis, Raymond ; Forsman, Eric 2014. The roles of competition and habitat in the dynamics of populations and species distributions. Ecology. 95(2): 265-279.

Past Research

Janice is interested in using technology to improve and enhance the data collection process of her current research. Tools such as digital callers and sound editing software have improved the distance of vocal broadcast of calls and quality of the sound. Janice is interested in improving on the equipment used in the field by selecting and testing field equipment that is safer, lasts longer, and is more efficient. She has successfully tested a technique to attach leg bands that requires fewer tools in the field. Janice is interested in the effects of forest management activities on spotted owl site occupancy, survival and reproduction especially in regards to thinning activities in close proximity to spotted owl nesting sites.

Why This Research is Important

The northern spotted owl is an indicator species of the health of the older forest ecosystem. The research on the northern spotted owl is important for public and private agencies and individuals interested in wood fiber extraction. Information collected on spotted owls, barred owls and forest conditions are examined by managers and other decision makers. Currently, the northern spotted owl is listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act and research on the owl will determine if the spotted owl remains as a threatened species or is delisted or upgraded to “Endangered” status. The information from demography studies can determine the amount of protection the spotted owl needs and future harvest activities.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Conservation Of Natural Resources Wildlife Biology Statistics 1984

Professional Experience

  • Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    1989 - Current
    Assistant to the principle investigator for a long term demography study of northern spotted owls in western Oregon. Study area is one of 8 federally funded demography studies associated with the implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan.
  • Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    1986 - 1989
    Primary field crew leader for radio telemetry of adult northern spotted owls. Home range and habitat use of adult northern spotted owls in southwest Oregon.
  • Faculty Research Technician, Oregon State University
    1985 - 1986
    Assisted graduate student with spotted owl radio telemetry research in western Oregon. Research focused on survival and dispersal of juvenile northern spotted owls.
  • Faculty Research Tecnician, University of California, Berkeley
    1983 - 1984
    Assisted PhD candidate on spotted owl radio telemetry research in the Sierra Nevada. Research focused on home range, habitat use, and movements.

Awards & Recognition

  • Volunteer of the Year Award, 2014
    Umpqua Watersheds, Inc. in recognition of dedication and hard work from producing newsletters, to teaching youth how to monitor spotted owls for the Learn, Earn and Serve program.
  • Certificate of Merit, 2013
    USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, for superior performance.
  • Outstanding Publication in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Book Category, 2012
    The Wildlife Society award for Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls.
  • Certificate of Recognition, 2012
    USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, for receiving The Wildlife Society’s Outstanding Publication Book Award for Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2009
    USDA Forest Service, Wings Across the Americas’ Research and Partnership Award.
  • Certificate of Recognition, 2009
    USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, for receiving the USDA Forest Service, Wings Across Americas’ Research and Partnership Award
  • Plaque of Recognition , 2004
    Regional Interagency Executive Committee, for 10 years of dedication and commitment to the Northwest Forest Plan
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1998
    USDI Bureau of Land Management, Roseburg District
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1993
    USDA Forest Service, Scientific Analysis Team for assistance in preparing the report on Viability Assessments and Management Considerations for Species Associated with Late-successional and Old-Growth Forests of the Pacific Northwest
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1990
    Interagency Scientific Committee, for assistance in preparation of the Conservation Strategy for the Northern Spotted Owl
  • Certificate of Merit, 1990
    Pacific Northwest Research Station, for professionalism and dedication to spotted owl research.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1987
    US Bureau of Land Management, Roseburg District for development of computer based tracking process for banded spotted owls as a volunteer.

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Last updated on : 11/19/2015