In Canada, the endangered northern spotted owl is found only in the southwestern corner of British Columbia. This handsome medium-sized owl, with its unusual dark-brown eyes, relies on old-growth forests to roost, nest and forage.
Due to ongoing logging of the old-growth forests of southwestern British Columbia scientists estimate that less than a dozen owls now remain in the wild in Canada. The historic population of spotted owls in 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
- A total of enough protected forest habitat to accommodate 250 spotted owls
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