spotted owl


Definition of spotted owl

: a rare large dark brown dark-eyed owl (Strix occidentalis) that has barred and spotted underparts and is found in humid old growth forests and thickly wooded canyons from British Columbia to southern California and central Mexico especially : northern spotted owl

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Recent Examples on the Web The spotted owl wars of the 1990s, when environmentalists and loggers battled over the fate of old-growth forests, also left their mark not only on forests but on rural Northern California’s economy., 25 Nov. 2020 The agreement also establishes the Mexican spotted owl leadership forum. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2020 But the fire footprint includes designated critical habitat for two imperiled species, the Mexican spotted owl and the northern goshawk. Erin Stone, azcentral, 22 June 2020 Woodbury Fire personnel reported on Tuesday that efforts in the Reavis Ranch area to protect the tree, the apple orchard and the Mexican spotted owl habitat were successful, saying the fire had passed through the area. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, 22 June 2019 Everybody grab a pair of breeding hedgehogs or spotted owls or Velociraptors and head up the road to get in line. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2019 Before becoming a teacher, Timmler researched spotted owls in California and also worked in Wauwatosa at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the polio virus. Tiffany Stoiber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of spotted owl

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Spotted owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of spotted owl

: a rare brown owl with white spots and dark stripes that is found from British Columbia to southern California and central Mexico

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