Dusk was settling in on a warm evening last summer as Shaula Hedwall ventured into the forest below Mormon Mountain. The senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and two Forest Service staffers were on a mission to track a Mexican spotted owl whose calls were heard in the area the night before.
She led the group through drainages and onto ridges, pausing occasionally to mimic the owl’s calls, then listening silently for a response.
Trips like Hedwall’s to detect Mexican spotted owls are among a wide array of monitoring activities gearing up across the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.