National Forest Foundation http://kplu.org en Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments http://kplu.org/post/update-shooting-spotted-owls-rival-wont-work-expert-laments <p>A new plan released yesterday for saving the northern spotted owl is taking aim &ndash; maybe literally &ndash; at a rival bird.</p><p>Federal agency leaders said Thursday the spotted owl is losing out to a bigger, more aggressive invader from the eastern United States, the barred owl.</p><p>However, one biologist whose research led to the listing of the spotted owl believes shooting and other measures to control the barred owl are too little too late.&nbsp; Because, he lamented, the spotted owl&#39;s population has shrunk over the last 15 years in spite of conservation efforts. (Interactive map inside)</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:40:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 1992 at http://kplu.org Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another http://kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-pits-one-species-against-another <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-975649.mp3</p><p>It&rsquo;s an icon of the northwest.</p><p>With its muted brown feathers and dark eyes, <a href="http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/WhatWeDo/Conservation/UrbanLivability/ForestHealth/NorthernSpottedOwl.aspx">the northern spotted owl</a> doesn&rsquo;t look all that impressive. But scientists say its survival indicates the health of the entire forest ecosystem. That&rsquo;s why conservationists want the government to protect more of the old-growth habitat spotted owls prefer.</p><p>But a recovery plan for the owl due for release this morning is ruffing feathers.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:00:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1983 at http://kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another