Bird News. Spotted Owl Update: 2017, Old Logging depredations still holding back Spotted Owl

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 December 2017



Spotted Owl Update

Old Logging depredations still holding back Spotted Owl

Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests,

"...owl population could still be showing the effects of logging that ended decades ago."

"...historical logging of the largest trees may be contributing to the continued declines in owl populations they observed."

"...the researchers say owl declines were consistent with observations expected in forests with a deficit of large trees."

"There is a shortage of very large, old trees that support spotted owls that take decades to centuries to regenerate," explains Jones. "Owl populations could stabilize in their forests with a large-tree deficit, but it will take time to regrow the trees they rely on." He says spotted owls aren't unique in their plight. "Any species can continue to experience decline after you remove habitat."

That's why it's called the anthropocene...

And it's just getting started...


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