• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

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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?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...