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Environment | Flora and Fauna

How Barred Owls Win The Fight For Forest and Food

April 12, 2012 11:20 p.m.

A researcher who conducted one of the first thorough surveys of both invasive barred owls and native spotted owls found this: barred owls outnumbered spotted owls 5-to-1. Diet and lots of fledglings are helping the barred owl take over.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Wildlife Officials Move Ahead With Killing Barred Owls

July 23, 2013 4 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that it will experiment with killing barred owls in Northwest forests to keep these aggressive birds from crowding out their more genteel cousins, the federally protected northern spotted owls.


Barred Owls Targeted In Experiment To Help Threatened Spotted Owl

Dec. 9, 2009 5:41 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday gingerly announced the outlines of an experiment its scientists want to try.  They would kill some barred owls to see if that improves survival of threatened spotted owls.


Feds Release New Northern Spotted Owl Plan

June 30, 2011 12:02 p.m.

Federal authorities rolled out final plans Thursday for recovering the Northwest icon, the Northern Spotted Owl. The idea is to conserve land -- while trying to limit the barred owl’s effect.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Spotted Owl Plan Calls For Shotguns, Logging And Private Land Restrictions

Feb. 29, 2012 4:07 a.m.

**UPDATED:** The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan to dramatically increase protected habitat for the Northwest's dwindling number of spotted owls. The feds are also moving ahead on safeguarding the mild birds by shooting barred owls, their invasive competitors. The agency Wednesday morning released details, including a proposal to set aside almost 14 million acres as critical habitat for the owl.


Blood Tests Reveal New Threat To Spotted Owl

May 29, 2008 9:42 a.m.

Researchers have discovered yet another challenge facing the iconic forest bird, the northern spotted owl.


Environmentalists Say Spotted Owl Plan Too Weak

May 16, 2008 12:49 p.m.

Federal officials Friday released their final plan meant to help the northern spotted owl recover.


Spotted Owl Surviving 20 Years After Controversial Decision

June 24, 2010 7:30 p.m.

20 years ago Saturday, the Northern Spotted Owl was put on the Endangered Species list. Scientists at the time were worried the Northern Spotted Owl was on the brink of extinction. But loggers feared those protections would mean the end of their industry. Twenty years later, both the owl and the timber industry are hanging on.

Environment | local

New 'Critical Habitat' Map Out For Spotted Owl

Nov. 22, 2012 5:37 a.m.

The Northern Spotted Owl is getting a new level of protection across hundreds of miles of its range. The new Critical Habitat map is drawing praise from environmentalists and condemnation from the timber industry.

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Examining The Ethical Implications Of Killing Barred Owls

July 24, 2013 7:06 p.m.

It's been hard to be a spotted owl for a long time. In the decades-long effort to bring spotted owls back from the edge of extinction caused by habitat loss, barred owls have become another threat to their smaller cousins. Now, in four areas in Washington, Oregon and California, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be killing barred owls in an effort to protect spotted owls.  Barred owls are neither native to Oregon or invasive species like, say, nutria or starlings. Instead, they fit a strange, in-between status as native to North America but very new to the West Coast — arriving in Washington in 1973. The barred and spotted owl are closely related, but barred owls are slightly bigger, much more aggressive and far less picky about both habitat and diet. Now, barred owls occupy all of the spotted owl territory.  After four years of study (PDF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife decided to begin an experimental cull. To look at the ethics of the plan, the agency brought in Bill Lynn, an ethicist and research scientist at the George Perkin Marsh Institute at Clark University in Massachusetts. He says there is no simple solution to this problem. Killing barred owls has ethical problems, but so does not killing them and letting spotted owls be forced out. Whether to cull, how to do it, what lethal ways are ethically best, and what happens to the owl carcasses were just some of the quandaries Lynn raised with the study's barred owl stakeholder group, made up of conservationists, logging employees and government scientists. And the ethical algebra doesn't end here. If the experiment is a success, does that justify expanding the cull and killing thousands more owls to save a smaller number of owls?

Oregon Field Guide

Spotted Owl Update

March 19, 2009 8:30 p.m.

The spotted owl is facing another crisis — the invasion of east coast barred owls.

Oregon Field Guide

Spotted Owl

Jan. 18, 2007 8:30 p.m.

A non-native invader is threatening the survival of the endangered spotted owl in Oregon.

Think Out Loud

Spotty Recovery

June 2, 2008 7 a.m.

What are the implications of a newly discovered threat to spotted owls?

Think Out Loud

Playing God?

June 18, 2008 7 a.m.

When is it alright to kill one animal to save another?


Sunday Night Thread: The Week Ahead

May 24, 2010 3:16 a.m.

Broken Bells, LCD Soundsystem, Caribou, Bobby Bare Jr., The Long Winters, Vetiver, Local Natives, Patrick Watson and Why? are but a few of the names playing Portland dates this week-- a week that also includes new releases from Peter Wolf Crier, Damien Jurado, Bettye LaVette and Karen Elson, among others. Plus, on the air tonight we're in-studio with Breathe Owl Breathe as the Michigan trio plays new songs from their upcoming album. Join the conversation...


Photo Review: Pickathon '09- Day 2

Aug. 4, 2009 7:56 a.m.

Pickathon Saturday was a hot one, on stage and off. Variations on a theme included The Hackensaw Boys and Breathe Owl Breathe with very different deliveries on The Woods stage, Alela Diane and Samantha Crain heading up this year's impressive female contingent, and John Doe & The Sadies blowing everyone's minds one more time before Blitzen Trapper closed out the night (but almost didn't).


Photo Review: Pickathon '09- Day 3

Aug. 7, 2009 7:10 p.m.

Pickathon '09 wrapped up some time late Sunday night or early Monday morning, though when, exactly, is open to some question. The last official set finished around 2:30, but there were random bouts of music breaking out here and there throughout the grounds until sunrise. Such is the spirit of the festival. The Deep Dark Woods, Dale Watson, Breathe Owl Breathe and Blitzen Trapper, among others, helped cap the final day of this year's party at Pendarvis Farm.


Whateva, Coachella (Your Saturday Open Thread..)

April 17, 2010 12:36 a.m.

Good news for you non-Coachella bound music lovers: our well-hydrated and temperate Rose City is the actual place to be this weekend. DeVotchKa, Record Store Day and Breathe Owl Breathe star. Read on...


opbmusic Airplay Chart, March 23-29

April 1, 2015 6:04 p.m.

Pond take the #1 spot, while Portland's Houndstooth follow closely behind.

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