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Barn Owl Boxes and Vineyard Pest Management

Dr. Johnson and the students of the Wildlife Habitat Ecology Lab at Humboldt State University (HSU) have been conducting studies aimed at understanding how barn owl nest boxes can help the winegrape industry in Napa County. Currently, two students are using video cameras to document rodent removal and using GPS transmitters to see how owls respond to the recent fires.

We are now interested in better understanding of how Napa wine producers perceive barn owls as potential tools for pest control and how their perspectives on wildlife and the environment in general relate to various vineyard practices. As much of the other research in the area has focused on producers of other crops, we are also interested to see how winegrape growers differ from other agricultural producers. With your help, the results of this survey will allow us to more effectively direct future extension and research.

There are no foreseeable risks to participating, and this survey is entirely anonymous. Each survey will be identified by a number and is in no way associated with any identifying information. Any question after the first can be skipped at any time. Survey results and this consent form will be securely maintained for at least 3 years. We value your time and have tried to keep the survey as short as possible, it should take about 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about this research at any time, please call or email Brooks or Matt (info below). If you have any concerns with this study or questions about your rights as a participant, contact the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at irb@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-5165.

We feel strongly that it is important to share results of this survey, as well as our ongoing studies of barn owl diets and hunting behavior, with producers and farmers. We will therefore work with regional organizations to share the results of this project and our barn owl research with you.

Please print this informed consent form now and retain it for your future reference. If you agree to voluntarily participate in this research as described, please check the box below to begin the online survey. Thank you for your participation in this research, your input is extremely valuable.

Dr. Matthew Johnson
Professor, Wildlife Habitat Ecology
Department of Wildlife
Humboldt State University
mdj6@humboldt.edu
707-826-3218

Brooks Estes                                                                                  
Master's Candidate
Environment & Community Program                                             
Humboldt State University                                                             
bre14@humboldt.edu                                                                     
206-949-7812