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Huge Salmon-Eating Owl Helped by Huge Trees
2013-08-15 12:22:05

Wildlife Conservation Society A study spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Minnesota has shown that the world's largest owl -- and one of the rarest -- is also a key indicator of the health of some of the last great primary forests of Russia's Far East. The study found that Blakiston's fish owl relies on old-growth forests along streams for both breeding and to support healthy populations of their favorite prey: salmon. The large trees provide breeding...

Detection Dogs Better At Finding Spotted Owls Than Traditional Vocalization Searches
2012-08-16 08:35:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists and land managers who have used vocalization surveys since the 1980s to track down northern spotted owls have found that detection dogs have a much better track record at finding the species. Vocalization surveys rely on using simulated northern spotted owl calls to elicit owl responses. The surveys have been carried out to find how the species is handling increasing encroachment from barred owls, which displace and even...

Government Hatching Plan To Save One Owl, Kill Another
2012-03-01 12:50:59

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is constructing a plan to try and save the endangered northern spotted owl, by conserving habitat and killing its rival. The government has already set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird's population has declined 40 percent in 25 years, and continues to drop. The plan would see that more forest habitat critical for the bird's survival would be set off limits.  Habitat loss and competition from barred owls...

2011-04-21 15:40:00

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the opening of a 30-day public comment period limited to a technical appendix to the Northern Spotted Owl Draft Revised Recovery Plan released last fall. Forest landowners and mill owners expressed disappointment at the Service's failure to release other aspects of the current draft plan and skepticism about the time allowed. Further public review is sorely needed in light of the...

2009-12-10 13:45:00

A new experiment by federal biologists will try to determine if killing the aggressive barred owl that has invaded old growth forests of the Northwest would help the spotted owl, which is protected, The Associated Press reported. A formal study from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether the experiment is plausible and will set the terms for how it is to be carried out. The study will be available for public comment and is expected to be completed by fall 2010. Fish and...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

By John Dodge, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 8--The state Forest Practices Board threw its unanimous support Monday behind a group made up primarily of timber industry officials and conservationists to work on spotted owl habitat protection on private forestlands. On a 10-0 vote, the board signaled a new approach to a controversial issue it's been wrestling with little success for years. "This is a breath of fresh air to see the timber industry and the conservation caucus come...

2006-03-24 14:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An environmental group may proceed with its bid to block harvesting of burned trees in the El Dorado National Forest because forest managers have not adequately assessed the effect of the logging on the endangered California spotted owl, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The court also sharply criticized the U.S. Forest Service, saying the agency is putting potential timber profits ahead of environmental regulations. The Earth Island Institute has a strong...

2005-06-16 07:04:18

ARCATA, Calif. -- Federal scientists are planning to shoot a small number of barred owls they say are crowding out the threatened spotted owl in northern California - an experiment that could lead to killing thousands of the larger owls on the West Coast. Scientists said the "removal" experiment would be the best way to quickly determine whether barred owls are pushing spotted owls toward extinction. If successful, officials would then consider expanding the program. "This experiment...

Latest Spotted Owl Reference Libraries

Willamette National Forest
2014-07-31 08:27:52

Willamette National Forest is a national forest that is located in the state of Oregon in the United States. It can be found in the central section of the Cascade Range and holds 1,678,031 acres, of which over 380,000 acres comprise eight designated wilderness areas. This forest first began its life as the Cascade Forest Reserve, which was established by President Grover Cleveland as a reaction to public protests to protect the Cascade Mountains in 1893. At this time, the reserve extended...

2005-06-02 11:29:34

The Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) is a species of owl resident to forests in western North America, where it nests in tree holes, old bird of prey nests, or rock crevices. Nests can be between 13 and 66 yards (12 to 60 meters) high, and usually contain two eggs (though some will contain as many as four). It is a strictly nocturnal owl, which feeds on small mammals and birds. This owl has a total length of 17 inches (43 centimeters) and a weight of approximately 21 ounces (600 grams)....

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