The Northern Spotted Owl Fatima avila

The Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) it is a medium-sized dark brown owl sixteen to nineteen inches in length from the western North American bird family, Strigidae.

Typically found in old growth forests of northern California and the Pacific Northwest of the United States, as well as in southern parts of British Columbia, Canada. This little bird, primarily inhabits old growth forests in the northern part of its range. Northern spotted owls are very territorial and intolerant of habitat disturbance. They prefer old-growth forests with tree canopies that are high and open enough for the owls to fly between and underneath the trees. Preferred areas have large trees with broken tops, deformed limbs or large holes used as nesting sites.

Deforestation

Deforestation is the action of clearing a wide area of trees. Forests are often cut or burned to make way for farming or cattle grazing, as well as to make more land available for housing and urbanization. In fact, about half of the world’s tropical rain forest has already been cleared and about 36 football fields worth of trees lost every minute.

Deforestation is one of the biggest threats to animals who call rain forests their home. The northern spotted owl is being directly affected by this in many ways that cause danger to this little creature. These owls are having to face loss of their habitat, available food, and shelter. For some populations, they are forced to live in fragmanted habitats, where native species must live on remaining habitat islands that are surrounded by disturbed land that is being used for agriculture and other uses. These habitat fragments are very small and are not enough for these owls to survive.

What can we do?

To help these animals who are facing the destruction of their home, we can all come together and help fight deforestation. People can plant trees, stop wasting paper, recycle, and encourage other people to live in a way that doesn’t hurt environment. All of us can save our environment and the animals who live within them, and all of it starts with you.

Credits

http://greentumble.com/how-does-deforestation-affect-animals/ http://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html http://www.conservationnw.org/what-we-do/wildlife-habitat/northern-spotted-owl http://www.defenders.org/northern-spotted-owl/basic-facts

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