- Author: Kim Ingram
A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. The study, published in the science journal, PLoS ONE, tracked different bird species' use of areas inside and outside Spotted Owl reserves for two years in Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
To read more on this study, go to: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150428142100.htm
Yahoo News article by Scott Smith, December 23, 2014
Wildlife advocates seek protection for the California spotted owl under the federal Endangered Species Act. For full article, please go to: http://news.yahoo.com/wildlife-groups-seek-help-california-owl-000716658.html
- Posted By: Kim Ingram
- Written by: Bear Yuba Land Trust
This past year Bear Yuba Land Trust (formerly Nevada County Land Trust) has been working with the Stewardship Council to facilitate the permanent protection of more than 10,000 acres of land in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds of Nevada and Yuba Counties. Another 7,000 acres is located in adjacent areas of Placer County.
The land is surrounded by a checkerboard mixture of private lands and Tahoe National Forest with open space represented in the forests and barren rock covered mountain slopes typical of the Sierra Nevada. The land is diverse range of high elevation wildlife and plant habitats including special status species American marten, Pacific fisher, mountain yellow-legged frog, and California wolverine. In addition, willow flycatchers are known to breed in the region and California spotted owl.
For the entire story, please visit YubaNet.com at:
- Posted By: Susie Kocher
- Written by: Kim Ingram
March 1, 2011
NorCal SAF Newsletter
This article in the NorCal Society of American Foresters newsletter, shares information from a paper based on SNAMP research.
Read more at: http://norcalsaf.org/temparticles/2011_winter_newsletter_small.pdf
- Posted By: Susie Kocher
- Written by: Jeanette Warnert
July 9, 2010
What effect do changes made to the forest - for wildfire management or timber harvest, have on the CA Spotted Owl?...
What effect do changes made to the forest - for wildfire management or timber harvest, for example - have on California spotted owl? That question prompted the organizers of the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP) to incorporate an owl team into its wide-ranging effort.The owl team recently gathered at the UC Blodgett Forest near Georgetown with members of the public and representatives of agencies involved in SNAMP. They explained the scope of the on-going spotted owl research program and the smaller subsection that is part of the SNAMP project.
Project manager Doug Tempel and assistant project leader Sheila Whitmore, both affiliated with the University of Minnesota, said the owls are humanely trapped using a snare pole, a blood sample taken for genetic testing and colored bands attached to the legs for easy identification of the owls in the wild.
Because each owl has a different color band and tab combination, they need never be captured again.
Tempel said one owl pair lives in an area called the "Last Chance." That area will be subjected to Forest Service treatments, then observations by the owl scientists will indicate the impact of the treatments on those owls' lives.
Kim Ingram of UC Cooperative Extension is the SNAMP representative for the northern Sierra Nevada.
She said information from the spotted owl study will be integrated with data collected by other teams to better understand how forests can be managed to ensure sustainable timber resources, minimize wildfire risk to people and structures and conserve wildlife habitat.
Besides the spotted owl team, other teams that are part of SNAMP are: