OWLS: The seashore has found 15 northern spotted owl fledglings this year on federal parklands.   Courtesy of Taylor Ellis, National Park Service

Two baby northern spotted owls, perching side by side in a bishop pine, stared down at wildlife technician Taylor Ellis last Friday. Their heads bobbed and swooped and their breasts were still covered in soft white down. Too young to make the typical four-note hoot of the species, they let out occasional high-pitched whines.

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