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Condor Editor Pick - Spotted Owls Benefit from Forest Fire Mosaic


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Fire is a crucial part of the forest ecosystem on which threatened Spotted Owls rely, but climate change and decades of fire suppression are changing the dynamics of these forests. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications examines California Spotted Owl habitat use in Yosemite National Park and shows that while owls avoid the badly burned areas left behind by massive stand-replacing fires, they benefit from habitat that includes a mosaic of burned patches of different sizes and degrees of severity. Read the press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2017/05/31/spotted-owls-benefit-from-forest-fire-mosaic/.

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