Mexican Spotted Owl

Earth Notes: Mexican Spotted Owls

Jan 3, 2018
Timothy Bowden and Jeremy White

Spotted owls have long been known to live in forests. But of the three subspecies in the country, the Colorado Plateau’s Mexican spotted owl also inhabits sheer-walled canyons.


Eric Brekke, BLM

Forest managers want to restore fire to northern Arizona’s ecosystems, and a tiny owl is a big player in that plan. For the first time, state biologists have designed an experiment to learn how the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl responds to prescribed burns. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


National Park Service

Two prescribed burns are planned this week south of Mormon Lake on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District and the Flagstaff Ranger District, both in Mexican spotted owl habitat.