Spotted Owl (Photo: USFWS)

Spotted Owl

 The spotted owl is a large, dark-eyed owl of the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest and the wooded canyons of the desert Southwest. Because of the spotted owl’s reliance on old-growth woodland, environmentalists and the timber logging industry have clashed over preserving habitat for this gentle species.  Spotted owls resemble barred owls in …

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Barred Owl (Photo: Creative Commons)

Barred Owl

A rounded, earless outline, smoky gray-brown plumage that is heavily mottled and barred with white, broad brown streaks on a white belly, and dark eyes distinguish the barred owl. Its bill and feet are yellow. Its familiar eight-hoot call gives way to raucous and sometimes frightening caterwauling in breeding season. Listen for Who cooks for …

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