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Dr. Courtney Conway

Research Publications

  • Glisson, W. J., C. J. Conway, C. P. Nadeau, and K. L. Borgmann. 2017. Habitat models to predict wetland bird occupancy influenced by scale, anthropogenic disturbance, and imperfect detection. Ecosphere 8(6):1-18. doi: 10.1007/s13157-015-0648-0
  • McCullough, J., and C. J. Conway. 2017. Breeding behavior of northern saw-whet owls in Oregon. Northwest Science 91:222-227. doi: 10.3955/046.091.0211
  • Borgmann, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2015. The nest-concealment hypothesis: new insights from a comparative analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:646-660. doi: 10.1676/14-162.1
  • Nadeau, C. P., C. J. Conway, and N. Rathbun. 2015. Depth of Burrowing Owl Nest Boxes Affects Thermal Suitability and Occupancy. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:288-297. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12119
  • Dillon, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Elevational gradient in clutch size of red-faced warblers. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:163–172. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12099
  • Glisson, W. J., C. J. Conway, C. P. Nadeau, K. L. Borgmann, and T. A. Laxson. 2015. Wetland Associations of the King Rail: A Multi-scale Approach. Wetlands 35:577-587. doi: 10.1007/s13157-015-0648-0
  • Nadeau, C. P., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Optimizing water depth in wetland restorations could increase restoration success, water efficiency, and water security. Restoration Ecology 23:292-300. doi: 10.1111/rec.12180
  • Borgmann, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Wildlife Habitat Restoration. Pages 157-167 in Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Concepts, Challenges, and Solutions. (M. L. Morrison and H. A. Mathewson, eds.). John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Macías-Duarte, A., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Spatial patterns in hydrogen isotope ratios in feathers of burrowing owls from western North America. Auk 132:25-36. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-13-061.1
  • Macías-Duarte, A., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Distributional Changes in the Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in North America from 1967 to 2008. Journal of Raptor Research 49:75-83. doi: 10.3356/JRR-14-00004.1
  • Borgmann, K. L., C. J. Conway, and M. L. Morrison. 2013. Breeding phenology of birds: mechanisms underlying seasonal declines in the risk of nest predation. PLoS ONE8(6): e65909. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065909. Abstract | 
  • Steidl, R. J., C. J. Conway, and A. Litt. 2013. Power to detect trends in abundance of secretive marsh birds: effects of species traits and sampling effort. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:445-453. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.505
  • Nadeau, C. P., C. J. Conway, L. Piest, and B. Burger. 2013. Multi-species call-broadcast improved detection of endangered Yuma clapper rail compared to single-species call-broadcast. Wetlands 33:699-706. doi: 10.1007/s13157-013-0425-x
  • Gyug, L.W., R. C. Dobbs, T. E. Martin, and C. J. Conway. 2012. Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/285. doi:10.2173/bna.285
  • Rush, S.A., K. F. Gaines, W. R. Eddleman, & C. J. Conway. 2012. Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris). In: The Birds of North America Online (ed. A. Poole). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/340. doi:10.2173/bna.340
  • Conway, M., C. J. Conway, and C. P. Nadeau. 2012. Intraspecific variation in reproductive traits of burrowing owls. Journal of Ethology 30:395-402. doi: 10.1007/s10164-012-0337-x
  • Nadeau, C. P., and C. J. Conway. 2012. A Field Evaluation of Distance Estimation Error during Wetland-dependent Bird Surveys. Wildlife Research 39:311-320. doi: 10.1071/WR11161
  • Steckler, S., and C. J. Conway. 2012. Frequent vocalizing is negatively associated with brood parasitism in a host of the Brown-headed Cowbird. Condor 114: 219-226.
  • Decker, K., C. J. Conway, J. J. Fontaine. 2012. Nest predation, food, and female age explain seasonal declines in clutch size. Evolutionary Ecology 26:683-699. Download  | 
  • Conway, C. J. 2011. Standardized North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocol. Waterbirds 34:319-346.
  • Smith, M. D., and C. J. Conway. 2011. Collection of mammal manure and other debris by nesting burrowing owls. Journal of Raptor Research 45:220-228.
  • Conway, C. J., and J. P. Gibbs. 2011. Summary of intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting detection probability of marsh birds. Wetlands 31:403-411.
  • Holroyd, G., C. J. Conway, and H. Trefry. 2011. Breeding Dispersal of a Burrowing Owl from Arizona to Saskatchewan. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:378-381.
  • Boyle, W. A., C. J. Conway, and J. L. Bronstein. 2011. Why do some, but not all, tropical birds migrate altitudinally? Evolutionary Ecology 25:219-236.
  • Bartok, N., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Factors affecting the presence of nesting burrowing owls in an agricultural landscape. Journal of Raptor Research 44:286-293.
  • Reitsma, L., M. Goodnow, M.T. Hallworth, and C. J. Conway. 2010. Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/421. doi:10.2173/bna.421
  • Robinson, G., C. J. Conway, C. Kirkpatrick, and D. L. LaRoche. 2010. Response to Nestling Throat Ligatures by Three Songbirds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:806-809.
  • Conway, C. J., C. P. Nadeau, and L. Piest. 2010. Fire helps restore natural disturbance regime to benefit rare and endangered marsh birds endemic to Colorado River. Ecological Applications 20:2024-2035.
  • Macias-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, A. Munguia-Vega, and M. Culver. 2010. Novel Microsatellite Loci for the Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia. Conservation Genetics Resources 2:67-69.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Nest predators of ground-nesting birds in montane forests of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:614-617.
  • Conway, C. J., and C. P. Nadeau. 2010. Effects of broadcasting conspecific and heterospecific calls on detection of marsh birds in North America. Wetlands 30:358-368.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Importance of montane riparian forest and influence of wildfire on nest-site selection of ground-nesting birds. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:729-738.
  • Ogonowski, M. S., and C. J. Conway. 2009. Migratory decisions in birds: extent of genetic versus environmental control. Oecologia 161:199-207.
  • Decker, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2009. Effects of an unseasonable snowstorm on Red-faced Warbler nesting success. The Condor 111:392-395.
  • Lantz, S. J., and C. J. Conway. 2009. Factors affecting daily nest survival of burrowing owls within black-tailed prairie dog colonies. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:232-241.
  • Garcia, V., and C. J. Conway. 2009. Use of video probe does not affect burrowing owl reproductive parameters or return rates. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:154-157.
  • Garcia, V., and C. J. Conway. 2009. What constitutes a nesting attempt? Variation in criteria causes bias and hinders comparisons across studies. The Auk 126:31-40.
  • Hutto, R. L., C. J. Conway, V. A. Saab, and J. R. Walters. 2008. What constitutes a natural fire regime? Insight from the ecology and distribution of coniferous forest birds in North America. Fire Ecology 4:115-132.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and M. H. Ali. 2009. Sanitation of entire broods of dead nestlings may bias cause-specific nest failure rates. Ibis 151:207-211.
  • Ballard, A. S., P. S. Balfour, and C. J. Conway. 2008. Rana catasbeiana (American bullfrog) predation. Herpetological Review 39:462.
  • Nadeau, C. P., C. J. Conway, B. S. Smith, and T. E. Lewis. 2008. Observer detection probability and daily variation in vocalization probability of wetland-dependent birds in northwestern Florida. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:513-518.
  • Conway, C. J., V. Garcia, M. D. Smith, and K. Hughes. 2008. Factors affecting detection of burrowing owl nests during standardized surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:688-696.
  • Lantz, S. J., C. J. Conway, and S. H. Anderson. 2007. Multi-scale habitat selection by burrowing owls in black-tailed prairie dog colonies. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2664-2672.
  • Conway, C. J., and C. Sulzman. 2007. Status and habitat use of the California black rail in the southwestern U. S. Wetlands 27:987-998.
  • Conway, C. J., and C. Kirkpatrick. 2007. Forest fire suppression as a cause of population decline in Buff-breasted Flycatchers. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:445-457.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and D. LaRoche. 2007. Range expansion of the Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) into the Rincon Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 52:149-152.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, K. M. Hughes, and J. deVos. 2007. Probability of detecting band-tailed pigeons during call-broadcast versus auditory surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:231-237.
  • Boyle, W. A., and C. J. Conway. 2007. Why migrate? A test of the evolutionary precursor hypothesis. American Naturalist 169:344-359.
  • Smith, M. D., and C. J. Conway. 2007. Use of mammal manure by nesting burrowing owls: A test of four functional hypotheses. Animal Behaviour 73:65-73.
  • Conway, C. J., and K. L. Pardieck. 2006. Population trajectory of burrowing owls in eastern Washington. Northwest Science 80:292-297.
  • Conway, C. J., and S. Droege. 2006. A Unified Strategy for Monitoring Changes in Abundance of Birds Associated with North American Tidal Marshes. Studies in Avian Biology 32:382-397.
  • Conway, C. J., V. Garcia, M. D. Smith, L. A. Ellis, and J. Whitney. 2006. Comparative demography of burrowing owls within agricultural and urban landscapes in southeastern Washington. Journal of Field Ornithology 77:280-290.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2006. Woodrat (Neotoma) depredation of a yellow-eyed junco (Junco phaeonotus) nest in southeastern Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 51:412-414.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and P. B. Jones. 2006. Distribution and relative abundance of forest birds in relation to burn severity in southeastern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1005-1012.
  • Conway, C. J., and S. T. A. Timmermans. 2005. Progress toward developing field protocols for a North American marsh bird monitoring program. Pages 997-1005 in C. J. Ralph and T. D. Rich, editors. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference, 20-24 March 2002, Asilomar, California. Volume 2. U. S. Department of Agriculture General Technical Report PSW-GTR-191. Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, Albany, California.
  • Smith, M. D., C. J. Conway, and L. E. Ellis. 2005. Burrowing owl nesting productivity: a comparison between artificial and natural burrows on and off golf courses. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:454-462.
  • Conway, C. J., and J. P. Gibbs. 2005. Effectiveness of call-broadcast surveys for monitoring marsh birds. The Auk 122:26-35.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2005. An evaluation of survey methods for monitoring interior populations of band-tailed pigeons. Pages 21-23 in Webless Migratory Game Bird Research Program Project Abstracts – 2004. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management. Denver, CO.
  • Smith, M. D., and C. J. Conway. 2005. Use of artificial burrows on golf courses for burrowing owl conservation. Turf and Environmental Research Online 4:1-6.
  • Conway, C. J., and V. Garcia. 2005. Effects of radiotransmitters on natal recruitment of burrowing owls. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:404-408.
  • Borgmann, K. L., and A. D. Rodewald. 2004. Nest predation in an urbanizing landscape: the role of exotic shrubs. Ecological Applications 14:1757-1765.
  • Conway, C. J., C. Sulzman, and B. E. Raulston. 2004. Factors affecting detection probability of California Black Rails. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:360-370.
  • Mac?as-Duarte, A., A. B. Montoya, W. G. Hunt, Alberto Lafon-Terrazas, and R. Tafanelli. 2004. Reproduction, prey, and habitat of the Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) in desert grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Auk 121:1081-1093.
  • Conway, C. J., and J. Simon. 2003. Comparison of detection probability associated with Burrowing Owl survey methods. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:501-511.
  • Erwin, R. M., C. J. Conway, and S. W. Hadden. 2002. Species occurrence of marsh birds at Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts. Northeastern Naturalist 9:1-12.
  • Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 2000. The value of monitoring demographic parameters and associated habitat: The BBIRD Program. Pages 200-205 in Strategies for bird conservation: The Partners-in-Flight Planning Process (R. Bonney, D. N. Pashley, R. J. Cooper, and L. Niles, eds. ). U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, RMRS-P-16.
  • Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 2000. Effects of ambient temperature on avian incubation behavior. Behavioral Ecology 11:178-188.
  • Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 2000. Evolution of avian incubation behavior: influence of food, temperature, and nest predation. Evolution 54:670-685.
  • Conway, C. J., and W. R. Eddleman. 2000. Yuma Clapper Rail. Pages 277-284 in Endangered Animals: A reference guide to conflicting issues (R. P. Reading and B. J. Miller, eds. ). Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.
  • Conway, C. J. 1999. Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis). The Birds of North America, Vol. 421. (A. Poole, F. Gill, eds). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Washington, DC
  • Eddleman, W. R., and C. J. Conway. 1998. Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris). The Birds of North America, Vol. 340. (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds. ). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Dobbs, R. C., T. E. Martin, and C. J. Conway. 1997. Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus). The Birds of North America, Vol. 285. (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds. ). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Conway, C. J., G. V. N. Powell, and J. D. Nichols. 1995. Overwinter survival of Neotropical migratory birds in early-successional and mature tropical forests. Conservation Biology 9:855-864.
  • Conway, C. J. 1995. Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola). The Birds of North America, Vol. 173. (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds. ). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • Conway, C. J., S. H. Anderson, D. E. Runde, and D. Abbate. 1995. Effects of experimental harvest of fledglings on Prairie Falcons. Journal of Wildlife Management 59:311-316.
  • Conway, C. J., and W. R. Eddleman. 1994. Virginia Rail. Pages 193-206 In Management of Migratory Shore and Upland Game Birds in North America (T. C. Tacha and C. E. Braun, eds. ). International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Washington, DC.
  • Conway, C. J., W. R. Eddleman, and K. L. Simpson. 1994. Evaluation of lipid indices of the Wood Thrush. Condor 96:783-790.
  • Conway, C. J., W. R. Eddleman, and K. L. Simpson. 1994. Seasonal changes in fatty acid composition of Wood Thrush. Condor 96:791-794.
  • Conway, C. J., W. R. Eddleman, and S. H. Anderson. 1994. Nesting Success and Survival of Virginia Rails and Soras. Wilson Bulletin 106:466-473.
  • Eddleman, W. R., and C. J. Conway. 1994. Clapper Rail. Pages 167-179 In Management of Migratory Shore and Upland Game Birds in North America (T. C. Tacha and C. E. Braun, eds. ). International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Washington, DC.
  • Miller, B., R. Reading, C. J. Conway, J. A. Jackson, M. Hutchins, N. Snyder, S. Forrest, J. Frazier, and S. Derrickson. 1994. A Model for Improving Endangered Species Recovery Programs. Environmental Management 18:637-645.
  • Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 1993. Habitat Suitability for Williamson's Sapsuckers in Mixed-Conifer Forests. Journal of Wildlife Management 57:322-328.
  • Conway, C. J., W. R. Eddleman, S. H. Anderson, L. R. Hanebury. 1993. Seasonal Changes in Yuma Clapper Rail Vocalization Rate and Habitat Use. Journal of Wildlife Management 57:282-290.
  • Miller, B., D. Biggins, L. Hanebury, C. Conway, and C. Wemmer. 1992. Rehabilitation of a species: The Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes). Pages 183-192 In Wildlife Rehabilitation, Vol. 9 (D. R. Ludwig, ed. ). Burgess Printing, Edina, MN.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 84

Presentations: 238

 

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Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Moscow, ID 83844-1141 Phone: (208) 885 - 6336 Fax: (208) 885 - 9080 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Courtney Conway
Dr. Courtney Conway, Unit Leader of the Idaho Research Unit

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology & Ecology from the University of Montana. I grew up in Cincinnati and spent many of my weekends camping, hiking, backpacking, and climbing in OH, KY, and WV. I was motivated to find a career where I could continue to do these activities as part of my job, while still contributing to science.

Links

  1. Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Idaho
  5. Wildlife Management Institute