An endangered wild northern spotted owl perches in a tree in an old growth section of forest on Bureau of Land Management property near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, July 12, 2010. The owl, its mate, and young are being monitored by federal biologists from the BLM. The population of endangered northern spotted owls continues to decline due to habitat loss and other factors. According to Defenders of Wildlife there are fewer than 100 pairs of northern spotted owls in British Columbia, Canada, 1,200 pairs in Oregon, 560 pairs in northern California and 500 pairs in the state of Washington. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/robinloznak.com)
I spent the morning with a wildlife biologist and two technicians in the forest at a spotted owl nesting site. It was pretty amazing. The owls are unafraid of people.
Look closely on the stump. The claws of the owl are about to grab a mouse placed by one of the technicians.