This handsome medium-sized owl, with its unusual dark-brown eyes, relies on old-growth forests to roost, nest and forage. In Canada, the endangered northern spotted owl is found only in the southwestern corner of British Columbia.
Due to ongoing logging of old-growth forests scientists estimate that less than six owls now remain in the wild in Canada. Currently biologists have only been able to locate three adult spotted owls, including a breeding pair residing in the Spuzzum Valley near Hope BC. The Spuzzum Valley is pretty much the backyard of the Nlaka'pamux community of Spuzzum First Nation and the people there hold their valley in high regard. Shockingly the BC government continues to permit old-growth logging in the Spuzzum Valley - home to Canada's last surviving breeding pair of spotted owls in the wild. The historic population of spotted owls in the land now called Canada is estimated to have been 500 pairs.
Because of the declining numbers of the northern spotted owls, the Wilderness Committee is asking for:
- The recovery of spotted owls to 250 birds as recommended by the Spotted Owl Recovery Team
- The protection of all occupied and unoccupied intact spotted owl forest habitat
- The recovery of fragmented spotted owl forest habitat
- Enough protected forest habitat to accommodate 250 spotted owls
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