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OWHF presentation: Natural History of Red Tree Vole

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Since it was first discovered in 1890, the red tree vole has remained a mysterious resident of the forests of western Oregon. Most people don’t even know they exist, and even those who study them often have a difficult time finding them. Although they appear to be a fairly common resident in old forests in western Oregon, there is concern that their numbers may be declining as a result of habitat loss, especially in northwest Oregon, where there is little federal land and very little old forest. Because of concerns about habitat loss and evidence of low population numbers in some areas, the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently concluded that the red tree vole warrants listing as a threatened species in parts of its range. In this talk Eric will describe what we know about the distribution and population status of the tree vole and describe the behavior of the species based on recent studies in which video cameras were used to observe tree voles at night.

These are slide show lectures, followed by a question and answer forum with the speaker.

In order to attend, you need to purchase a $5 ticket from the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Please use the below URL to purchase your ticket:

Eric Forsman is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon. His primary interest is the ecology of forest birds and mammals, especially owls and their prey. Eric has authored over 100 publications on spotted owls and other forest birds and mammals, including several monographs on population trends in the northern spotted owl. He has trapped and banded many different species of birds including spotted owls, barred owls, great gray owls, great horned owls, and has banded nestlings of many species including bald eagles, golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks. Eric is an experienced climber and has assisted in several contaminant studies in which he climbed trees to collect eggs of bald eagles, cormorants, and great blue herons.

All presentations, in the Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series, are held at the Ecotrust building in the Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Avenue.