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Endangered great gray owl is focus of Flyway Nights talk

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The elusive and endangered great gray owl is the topic at Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights presentation on Thursday, Dec. 5. Joe Medley/Courtesy photo

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From page A1 | November 26, 2013 |

A presentation on the great gray owl is the focus of the next Flyway Nights talk on Thursday, Dec. 5, sponsored by the Yolo Basin Foundation. The speaker will be Josh Hull, Recovery Division chief in the Sacramento office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and an adjunct professor at UC Davis.

The great gray owl exists in low numbers in the Sierra Nevada and is listed as endangered by the state of California. These owls live in mid- and high-elevation forests and meadow systems in and around Yosemite National Park.

Although a highly charismatic species, much of the life history and ecology of these secretive birds remains a mystery, a news release says. In order to advance conservation efforts, a team of agency and academic scientists has been studying the great gray owls of the Sierra Nevada. Hull will be presenting some of the recent evolutionary and ecological findings from this work.

The Yolo Basin Foundation offers Flyway Nights at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from November to April. The talks are held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 Chiles Road (also called County Road 32B).

For more information, call the foundation at 530-758-0530 or visit www.yolobasin.org.

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