Publication Date

Spring 2014


School of Health Sciences


Biology: Environmental Science


Northern Saw-whet Owls, migration, Liberty University, Camp Hydaway


Animal Sciences | Behavior and Ethology | Biology | Poultry or Avian Science


The Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) is a small species of migratory owl native to North America. Through an analysis of research conducted at Liberty University’s Camp Hydaway in the Piedmont of Virginia as well as comparison studies at owl netting stations in the mountains and the coastal plain, it was shown that the Northern Saw-whet migrates along consistent routes southward while the timing and frequency of the migration varies by several days based on sex, age, owl population fluctuations, weather, and the owls’ physical health. Several years’ worth of owl capture data were compiled from stations across Virginia to develop an accurate picture of fluctuations within an otherwise consistent migration pattern.