|Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)||
The Spotted Owl is a species found west of the Rocky Mountains. It is Canada's most endangered owl with only a few individuals remaining in the wild. Recent efforts to save the species from extirpation in Canada and ultimately extinction are in their infancy. The Spotted Owl Recovery Team has collected a few of the remaining individuals and are currently providing captive breeding habitats in British Columbia in an effort to re-establish a sustainable wild breeding population.
The demise of our wild
Spotted Owl populations is mainly a result of over-harvesting in the old-growth
forests that these birds inhabit. As tracts of forest are felled, Spotted
Owls have fewer places to breed and even fewer corridors to travel in
order to disperse, meet each other and ultimately form new bonds. In addition,
the recent immigration of the closely related Barred
Owl has caused secondary loss of breeding territories as Barred Owls
are larger and more aggressive than their smaller cousins.
Owl vocalizations recorded by Kara Kristjanson.
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