Northern Spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The northern spotted owl is a medium-sized, dark brown owl with a barred tail, white spots on the head and breast, and dark brown eyes surrounded by prominent facial disks. Males and females have similar plumage, but females typically weigh 10 to 20 percent more than males.

  • States/US Territories in which the Northern Spotted owl, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  California , Oregon , Washington
  • US Counties in which the Northern Spotted owl, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • Countries in which the the Northern Spotted owl, Wherever found is known to occur:  Canada
  • Additional species information
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1990-06-26 Pacific Region (Region 1) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
1991-10-08 00:00:00.0 56 FR 50701 50704 ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 50701 50704
2015-04-10 00:00:00.0 80 FR 19259 19263 90-Day Findings on 10 Petitions; Notice of petition findings and initiation of status reviews
1987-09-11 00:00:00.0 52 FR 34396 34397 90-Day Petition Finding & Initiation of Status Review; Northern Spotted Owl; 52 FR 34396-34397
2009-07-21 00:00:00.0 74 FR 35883 35885 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit Application, Northern Spotted Owl, Oregon
2008-12-17 00:00:00.0 73 FR 76680 76682 Receipt of Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Northern Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet
2007-04-26 00:00:00.0 72 FR 20865 20866 Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
2005-07-25 00:00:00.0 70 FR 42533 42535 Notice of Intent to Conduct Public Scoping Meetings and to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Related to the Family Forest Habitat Conservation Plan
2005-05-24 00:00:00.0 70 FR 29779 29779 Notice of Intent to Conduct Public Scoping Meetings and to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Related to the Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan; Correction
2011-07-01 00:00:00.0 76 FR 38575 38576 Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
2012-12-04 00:00:00.0 77 FR 71875 72068 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl; Final Rule
2012-08-21 00:00:00.0 77 FR 50526 50530 Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the Northern Spotted Owl, Skamania, Klickitat, and Yakima Counties, WA,and Hood River and Wasco Counties, OR (77 FR 50526)
2011-04-22 00:00:00.0 76 FR 22720 22721 Reopening of Comment Period for Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl--Appendix C
1990-06-26 00:00:00.0 55 FR 26114 26194 ETWP; Determination of Threatened Status for the Northern Spotted Owl; 55 FR 26114 26194
2011-04-20 00:00:00.0 76 FR 22139 22140 5-Year Status Reviews of Three Species in Washington, Oregon, and California; Reopening of Public Comment Period
2005-05-09 00:00:00.0 70 FR 24450 24452 Notice of Intent to Conduct Public Scoping Meetings and to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Related to the Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan
2000-02-10 00:00:00.0 65 FR 6590 6590 Availability of the Record of Decision for the Proposed Modification of a Habitat Conservation Plan With Respect to a Permit Allowing Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered Species for Plum Creek Timber Company Lands in the Interstate-90 Corridor of King and Kittitas Counties, Washington
1994-08-31 00:00:00.0 59 FR 44958 44959 ETWP; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Remove the Northern Spotted Owl in California From the List of Threathened and Endangered Species
2007-06-12 00:00:00.0 32516 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina); Proposed Rule
1987-12-23 00:00:00.0 52 FR 48552 48554 Finding on Northern Spotted Owl Petition; 52 FR 48552-48554
1999-01-20 00:00:00.0 64 FR 3066 3067 Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit to the City of Tacoma, Washington, for Water Storage and Withdrawal and Forest Management in the Green River Watershed, King County, Washington
1995-02-17 00:00:00.0 60 FR 9485 9527 ETWP; Proposed Special Rule for the Conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl on Non-Federal Lands
2012-05-08 00:00:00.0 77 FR 27010 27012 Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl: Proposed rule; extension of public comment period; announcement of public meetings and public hearing.
2008-08-22 00:00:00.0 73 FR 49647 49648 Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan, and Receipt of Applications for Incidental Take Permits
1991-05-06 00:00:00.0 56 FR 20816 21016 ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 20816 21016
2003-07-25 00:00:00.0 68 FR 44093 44094 Second Information Request for the 5-Year Reviews of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus marmoratus) and the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
2010-09-15 00:00:00.0 75 FR 56131 56133 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
2000-02-18 00:00:00.0 65 FR 8434 8436 Availability of a Habitat Conservation Plan and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Wiley Creek Unit, Linn County, OR TEST
1991-11-12 00:00:00.0 56 FR 57503 (Correction) ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 57503
2012-03-08 00:00:00.0 77 FR 14062 14165 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl: Proposed rule.
2011-03-29 00:00:00.0 76 FR 17434 17439 Receipt of Application for an Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit
2015-11-03 00:00:00.0 80 FR 67779 67781 Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for the Northern Spotted Owl and Draft Environmental Assessment, Roseburg Resources Company and Oxbow Timber I, LLC, Lane County, OR
2007-09-05 00:00:00.0 72 FR 50929 50930 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus, Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl
2000-02-03 00:00:00.0 65 FR 5298 5300 90-Day Finding for a Petition To Delist the Northern Spotted Owl From the List of Threatened and Endangered Species
2010-11-24 00:00:00.0 75 FR 71726 71729 5-Year Status Reviews of 58 Species in Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii
2002-10-29 00:00:00.0 67 FR 65998 65999 Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior;Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl, Napa County, CA.:Notice of availability.
1992-01-15 00:00:00.0 57 FR 1796 1838 ETWP; Determination of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl
2003-04-21 00:00:00.0 68 FR 19569 19571 5-Year Review of the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl
2000-03-15 00:00:00.0 65 FR 13947 13948 Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Tacoma Water Department, Green River Watershed, Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, Washington
2000-02-16 00:00:00.0 65 FR 7856 7856 Extension of Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan Submitted by Plum Creek Timberlands, L. P. for Lands in Montana, Idaho, and Washington
1999-01-06 00:00:00.0 64 FR 907 908 Availability of a Habitat Conservation Plan and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the City of The Dalles Municipal Watershed, Wasco County, Oregon
1989-06-23 00:00:00.0 54 FR 26666 26667 ETWP; Proposed Threatened Status for the Northern Spotted Owl; 54 FR 26666 26667
1990-03-29 00:00:00.0 55 FR 11626 11627 ETWP; Reopening of Comment Period on Proposed Threatened Status for the Northern Spotted Owl; 55 FR 11626 11627
2001-01-05 00:00:00.0 66 FR 1089 1091 Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tacoma Water Department Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, WA
2012-06-01 00:00:00.0 77 FR 32483 32493 Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina: Proposed rule; availability of supplementary documents.
2007-06-14 00:00:00.0 72 FR 32857 32858 Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
1991-08-13 00:00:00.0 56 FR 40002 40143 ETWP; Revised Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 40002 40143
1995-11-17 00:00:00.0 60 FR 57722 57724 Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Receipt of an Application for the Proposed Issuance of a Permit To Allow Incidental Take of Threatened and Endangered Species on Plum Creek Timber Company, L.P., Lands in the I90 Corridor, King and Kittitas Counties, WA
2000-01-31 00:00:00.0 4603 Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Receipt of an Application for Incidental Take Permits for the Tacoma Water Department, Green River Watershed, Habitat Conservation Plan, King County, Washington
1996-05-10 00:00:00.0 61 FR 21426 21430 ETWP; Proposed Special Rule for the Conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl on Non-Federal Lands
2010-11-30 00:00:00.0 75 FR 74073 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina); Reopening of Public Comment Period
2008-08-13 00:00:00.0 73 FR 47326 47522 Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl; Final Rule
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
1996-05-10 00:00:00.0 61 FR 21426 21430 ETWP; Proposed Special Rule for the Conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl on Non-Federal Lands
1995-02-17 00:00:00.0 60 FR 9485 9527 ETWP; Proposed Special Rule for the Conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl on Non-Federal Lands

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
2011-06-28 Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2011-07-01 76 FR 38575 38576 Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
  • Notice Final Recovery Plan Availability
2012-06-01 77 FR 32483 32493 Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina: Proposed rule; availability of supplementary documents.
  • Notice Doc. Availability
2011-04-22 76 FR 22720 22721 Reopening of Comment Period for Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl--Appendix C
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
2010-11-30 75 FR 74073 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina); Reopening of Public Comment Period
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
  • Notice Reopen Comment
2010-09-15 75 FR 56131 56133 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
2007-06-14 72 FR 32857 32858 Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
  • Notice Comment Period Extension
  • Notice Recovery Plan Avail.
2007-04-26 72 FR 20865 20866 Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
2011-04-20 76 FR 22139 22140 5-Year Status Reviews of Three Species in Washington, Oregon, and California; Reopening of Public Comment Period
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
2010-11-24 75 FR 71726 71729 5-Year Status Reviews of 58 Species in Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
2003-04-21 68 FR 19569 19571 5-Year Review of the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl
  • Notice 5-year Review
Five Year Review
Date Title
2011-10-26 Northern Spotted Owl 5-Year Review (2011)
2004-11-15 Northern Spotted Owl 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
2012-12-04 77 FR 71875 72068 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl; Final Rule Final Rule Final designated
2012-03-08 77 FR 14062 14165 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl: Proposed rule. Proposed Rule Not Required
2008-08-13 73 FR 47326 47522 Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl; Final Rule Final Rule Not Required
2007-06-12 32516 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina); Proposed Rule Proposed Rule Not Required
1992-01-15 57 FR 1796 1838 ETWP; Determination of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl Final Rule Not Required
1991-11-12 56 FR 57503 (Correction) ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 57503 Proposed Rule Not Required
1991-10-08 56 FR 50701 50704 ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 50701 50704 Proposed Rule Not Required
1991-08-13 56 FR 40002 40143 ETWP; Revised Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 40002 40143 Proposed Rule Not Required
1991-05-06 56 FR 20816 21016 ETWP; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Strix occidentalis caurina (Northern Spotted Owl); 56 FR 20816 21016 Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Boise Cascade Low-effect HCP for the Northern Spotted Owl (transferred to Boise Central Washington Land & Timber , LLC. Permit was subsequently transferred to Western Pacific Timberlands, LLC.)
Cedar River Watershed HCP
City of Tacoma, Tacoma Water HCP
City of the Dalles Municipal Watershed
Coast Range Conifers
Elliott State Forest, Termination
Fruit Growers Supply Company
Humboldt Redwood Company (formerly Pacific Lumber, Headwaters)
Mendocino Redwood Company
Plum Creek Timber Central Cascades HCP (aka I-90 HCP)
Plum Creek Timber I-90 Land Exchange
Port Blakely RB Eddy Tree Farm
Regli Estates
Scofield Corporation
Terra Springs LLC Low Effect
WDNR Forest Lands HCP
West Fork Timber HCP (formerly Murray Pacific)
Weyerhauser (Millicoma Tree Farm)
Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA): (learn more)
SHA Plan Summaries
City of Everett Lake Chaplain Tract SHA
Forster-Gill, Inc.
Oregon Department of Forestry SHA for Northern Spotted Owl in the Oregon Coast Ranges Study Area
Oregon Department of Forestry Spotted Owl SHA
Port Blakely (Morton Block) SHA
Roseburg Resources and Oxbow Timber I SHA
SDS Lumber & Broughton Lumber SHA
Tagshinny Tree Farm
Weyerhaeuser SHA for Northern Spotted Owl in the Oregon Coast Ranges Study Area

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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