Tracking the Northern Spotted-Owl


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern spotted owl as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. In 1994, the Northwest Forest Plan provided protections for the spotted owl and other species inhabiting late-successional forests in Washington, Oregon, and California. The spotted owl’s first critical habitat designation came in 1992, was revised in 2008, and is currently being revised again: A proposed designation was published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2012.

The Northern Spotted Owl is one of the most-studied birds – still we don’t know everything about this animal. Our members employ top biologists to monitor and track the Northern Spotted Owl on their lands. With their efforts, guided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they collect information to better understand habitat use, survival, reproductive success, and annual rate of population change.  The biologists also maintain maps depicting habitat suitability by tracking where the species is nesting.

With continued monitoring, tracking and other research activities increase the potential for identifying and reducing any threats and better understanding the suitable habitats for the species on public and private forestlands.