Queen of the forest
On August 19, 2015, Sierra Forest Legacy and Defenders of Wildlife filed another petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act.
According to the Sierra Forrest Legacy: "There are several interacting threat factors acting on the California spotted owl that cause significant concern for the species' ability to persist over the long-term throughout its current range. These threats include: (1) Mechanical Thinning to Harvest Timber on Public Land (2) Industrial Timber Harvest on Private Land; (3) Post-Disturbance Logging on Public and Private Land; (4) High Severity Fire in Nesting and Roosting Habitat; (5) Urbanization and Development; (6) Climate Change; and (7) Competition with Barred Owl."
This photo also appears on the Cornell "All About Birds" website.