spotted owl http://kplu.org en One month left for comments on spotted owl recovery plan http://kplu.org/post/one-month-left-comments-spotted-owl-recovery-plan <p>One of the northwest’s most controversial birds is still ruffling feathers. The elusive spotted owl was at the heart of the timber wars here <a href="http://www.reo.gov/training/historic01.htm">in the 1990s</a>.&nbsp;Some scientists are criticizing the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">US Fish and Wildlife Service</a>’s plan to log some of the bird’s habitat.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:52:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6664 at http://kplu.org Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say http://kplu.org/post/critical-habitat-spotted-owl-still-vulnerable-groups-say <p>Dozens of prominent environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth are asking President Obama for help protecting old-growth forests in the northwest.</p><p>Steve Holmer, with the American Bird Conservancy, says <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-08/pdf/2012-5042.pdf">a new rule</a> designating critical habitat for the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Species/Data/NorthernSpottedOwl/">northern spotted owl</a> has loopholes.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:43:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5516 at http://kplu.org Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals http://kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-more-active-forestry-managementand-shooting-rivals <p>In the long saga to protect the northern spotted owl, it&#39;s now officially &quot;owl vs owl.&quot;</p><p>US Fish and Wildlife says the decline of the iconic northwest species can&rsquo;t be helped without killing some of its more aggressive cousins, the barred owl.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Service-Identifies-Areas-to-Be-Assessed-for-Potential-Northern-Spotted-Owl-Critical-Habitat-Proposes-Broad-Exclusions-Ecological-Forestry-and-Barred-Owl-Control.cfm#">a court-ordered plan</a> to increase the spotted owl&rsquo;s forest habitat.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:18:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4276 at http://kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals 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