Why not just fewer drivers/cars out and about. There sure are a lot less cars 
on the road downstate. Cannot speak for where you are, but if so, the odds are 
fewer owls would be road-killed — so may not portend any decline.
L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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On Apr 15, 2020, at 10:24 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguth...@gmail.com> wrote:



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It occurred to me while driving home in upstate, New York - I've been seeing 
fewer road-kill E. Screech Owls lately.

It used to be a fairly regular, albeit unfortunate, occurrence to see a dead 
Screech Owl alongside the road. I would often stop to check the color morph and 
to see if any were banded, or if any were salvageable for science/education.

It's a crude census method - the more animals, the more road-kills. You see 
that in the boon years of squirrels, skunks, and other critters. And we saw 
that a few years ago with the winter incursion of Barred Owls - a spike in the 
number of road-kill Barred Owls throughout the northeast USA.

Nowadays, I hardly see any E. Screech Owls alongside the road. I should be glad 
about that. But does it indicate a more ominous note?

Owls are hard enough to census as it is. But could my anecdotal observation of 
fewer road-kills indicate fewer E. Screech Owls out there?

Rich Guthrie

New Baltimore,

The Greene County, NY


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