Northern spotted owls are one of three subspecies of spotted owls. The other two are the Mexican spotted owl and the California spotted owl. Each of these owls is brown with white spots, but the northern spotted owl is the darkest brown with the smallest spots and has darker facial disks (the feathers surrounding the eyes). The northern spotted owl can be found in northwestern California, western Oregon and Washington, and southwestern British Columbia. They are monogamous and usually mate for life. The northern spotted owl is Federally listed under the Endangered Species Act. Today there are 1,200 pairs in Oregon, 560 pairs in Northern California, and 500 pairs in Washington left in the wild. The name Forest is attributed to the fact that the spotted owl symbolizes the need for strong protections for forest-dwellers and their habitat, leading to the groundbreaking Northwest Forest Plan in 1994.
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