Nova Scotia's Species at Risk: Municipal & Community Stewardship

Species at Risk in Nova Scotia

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus

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Special Concern


not listed

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Quick Facts:
  • Found in several provinces across Canada
  • Populations have declined in the west but remain stable in NS
  • Little is known about the species distribution in NS

Status Overview:
Destruction of marshes and native grasslands, coupled with intensive agricultural practices, resulted in the species' decline. During the 20th century, population sizes were thought to have decreased in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. However, they remained stable in Newfoundland, Labrador and the Maritimes. The owl now occurs in small numbers throughout its Canadian range. Exact numbers are not known.

Geographic Distribution:
There is not enough information to map the distribution in NS.  For more specific location information please contact us.

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