Scientists from the Wild Nature Institute, together with our colleagues at The Institute for Bird Populations, published a new scientific article in the journal Western Birds. This study provides the first published data on the diet and the size of home ranges of California Spotted Owls in a burned landscape. We concluded that burned habitat in the southern Sierra Nevada was rich in pocket gophers and that Spotted Owls foraging on gophers in burned forests did not require home ranges substantially larger than did owls in unburned forests...more evidence for the importance of protecting burned forests from damaging post-fire management activities such as salvage logging and spraying rodenticide.
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