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Spotlight: Northern Goshawk and Great Gray Owl Surveys, MCMWTC Bridgeport, California

October 13, 2017

For this project, Vernadero Group Inc. will generate a habitat suitability model and survey for approximately 3,825 acres of land on the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) Bridgeport for the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and great gray owl (Strix nebulosa). The U.S. Forest Service considers both birds to be sensitive species, and the State of California considers the great gray owl to be threatened. The northern goshawk is a management indicator species for habitat health. Because various habitat types on MCMWTC Bridgeport could support these species, it is critical to ascertain their presence or absence and distribution. Vernadero's biologists will develop a habitat suitability map, survey for both species in suitable habitat, gather GIS data, and prepare a comprehensive report. This effort will assist MCMWTC Bridgeport in managing the species and incorporating management strategies into its Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan.

Photograph courtesy of USFWS