Date: 10/30/19 4:22 pm
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig...>
Subject: [obol] Barred Owls a slight reprise
Many of you will not remember this. In the 1980s and earlier, when Eric
Forsman and Wayne Logan and others were looking at the Spotted Owl and
beginning to prove that STOC (Strix occidentalis, the Spotted Owl) requires
decadent Old Growth trees for nest structures and Old Growth stands for
their multi canopy vertical structure to feed on red tree voles and flying
squirrels.

In those days it was that the very first Barred Owls were being observed in
the Northwest, and some said it was that they had recently found their way
around the Northern Rockies and were spreading south into Spotted Owl
areas. Being more aggressive, the cousin Strix Barred Owl might be the end
of the Spotted Owl no matter what else we might do to try and save
it...hence the shooting of Barred Owls these days in some rather
experimental way, a last ditch effort to save some Spotted Owls

Regarding all of the dead Barred Owls people find on the beach these days.
Holy Crap. There must be a whole lot of Barred Owls out there. This
population increase has happened since there were almost no BAOW in Oregon
in 1990, to now. Barred Owls have hugely increased while Northern Spotted
Owls have all but disappeared, in some part because of the BAOW. I never
wanted them here, but the world keeps on changing and this change has been
much too fast

Nothing I can do about it, and so can you

Have your ever seen a red tree vole nest? No, but you have heard of them.
Like a blossom on a stem, 150 feet or more up around an OG tree, I have
seen a few.

Roy Gerig Salem OR

 
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