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Northern Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis caurina


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Northern Spotted Owl
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Family: Strigidae, Owls view all from this family

Endangered Status The Northern Spotted Owl, a subspecies of Spotted Owl, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. The Northern Spotted Owl is classified as threatened in California, Oregon, and Washington. This owl's habitat is the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest that are most-coveted by timber interests. Natural disasters such as fire, volcanic eruptions, and severe winds have also taken a toll on its habitat. Changing the practices of the timber industry is the only hope for these old-growth forests and the animals that live in them. Because these forests are quite complex ecosystems that take hundreds of years to develop, they cannot be easily replaced. The Northern Spotted Owl has become the poster species for anti-logging -industry protests and forest-conservation interests.

Range Western Canada, Northwest, California