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Spotted Owls and Wildfire

Hosted by: Barbara Bernstein

Produced by: KBOO

Program:: Locus Focus

Air date: Mon, 11/28/2022 – 10:00am to 11:00am

The Northern Spotted Owl is the quintessential canary in the coal-mine for older forest ecosystems. It was listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 because of widespread logging of its old-growth forest habitat. And although wildfires have been blamed for contributing to owl declines, a new study documents how the massive logging in Spotted Owl territories that have burned are the actual cause of the birds decline.