The owls of de-forest

The owls of de-forest r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. As many as a thousand spotted owls used to make their home in B.C.'s ancient coastal rainforest.

A survey this year found no breeding pairs in B.C. There could be as few as six remaining in the wild in the province.

What happened?

The habitat has vanished. For 12 years, the B.C. government has steadfastly avoided identification of the owl’s critical habitat, required by the federal recovery strategy, all while allowing logging to continue on across the province.

Biologists are now nurturing individual owls throughout their lives — from incubation to bonding — in an incredible and incredibly expensive attempt to rebuild the population in a captive breeding centre. “The species is now circling the drain,” said U.S. conservation scientist Dominick DellaSala.

Don't miss Sarah Cox's in-depth reporting on the state of one of the continent's most iconic endangered species, and what it means for the rest of the 600 species legally protected by the Species At Risk Act.

And as always, keep scrolling to see the rest of the stories we brought you this week — and more.

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