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Mexican Spotted Owl

Mexican Spotted Owl
Mexican Spotted Owl
 

Canyonlands has completed a two-year effort to inventory Mexican spotted owls (Strix occidentalis lucida) within the park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service federally listed the Mexican spotted owl as a threatened species in 1993. A significant area in Canyonlands has been designated as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Canyonlands is considered one of the major population centers of the Mexican spotted owl on the Colorado Plateau.

Researchers surveyed known territories and potential habitat during 2002 and 2003. The following report requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing:

2003-2004 Mexican Spotted Owl Inventory
[3.3mb PDF, 64 pages]

Did You Know?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.