Fall 2008 SNAMP Newsletter: Vol 2. No 2 - Spotted Owl Team Research
The California Spotted Owl is an uncommon resident in the Mixed Conifer belt of the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and a State and Federal Species of Special Concern. California spotted owls nest in mature trees and hunt from the vantage point of large trees. High intensity fire that leaves few trees alive has a negative impact on owl habitat, but forest fuel reduction treatments remove canopy cover and vertical structure of the trees. This research will assess the impacts of forest fuel treatments on owl territory, occupancy rates and reproductive output. To learn more about this project, please check out the Fall '08 Owl newsletter!