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Home range and habitat use of red-shouldered hawks.


September 2007 - August 2010


The study focused on understanding the ecology of red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) near the southern extent of their breeding range and included aspects of nesting habitat selection, annual habitat selection patterns, and reproductive potential and success between February 2005 and July 2009 on the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge in San Patricio County Texas and the Twin Oaks Hunting Resort in Refugio County Texas.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Strobel, B.N., and C.W. Boal. 2010. Regional variation in the diets of breeding red-shouldered hawks. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:68-74.
  • Strobel, B.N., and C.W. Boal. 2010. Red-shouldered Hawk nesting habitat preference in south Texas. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 1:33-37.


  • Strobel, B.N. 2011. Reproductive success and annual habitat preference by red-shouldered hawks in southern Texas. Ph.D. Dissertation, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 39

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 169



  • Clint BoalPrincipal Investigator
  • Bradley StrobelStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Welder Wildlife Foundation


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute