High Numbers of Barred Owls in Pacific Northwest Forests

Barred owls may be more abundant in coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest than previously recognized, according to research published in the April 2011 Journal of Wildlife Management.

This finding likely has implications for the recovery of the federally threatened northern spotted owl. Related studies about the competitive interactions between barred owls and spotted owls are under way, with results anticipated later this summer. Previous information on barred owls in the Pacific Northwest was documented during calling surveys of spotted owls. The new findings are based on survey methods developed specifically for barred owls.To read the entire USGS press release and for more information visit http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2792