Lab finds second chick of threatened owls

-A A +A
By Roger Snodgrass

A new little offspring of a pair of Mexican spotted owls has just been found at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The laboratory is a known habitat for two nesting couples, and now both pairs of the threatened species have new chicks.

The Mexican spotted owl is one of a handful of threatened species at Los Alamos. Their habitat is protected and they coexist with the nuclear weapons business under special conditions and dispensations.

“The law requires that none of our actions adversely affect a threatened or endangered species, unless we go through a consultation process with the Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Leslie Hansen, a biologist and a team leader responsible for the endangered species act at the laboratory.

Hansen and other team members in the environmental protection division at the lab systematically survey all the potentially suitable habitats every year.

The biologists make night expeditions along the rims or bottoms of the canyons, playing recorded owl calls, while stopping and listening for a response. During the breeding season, the nocturnal owls respond, giving the investigators clues about where they might be found.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday