Spotted Owls vs. Barred Owls - David Yarnold

  • Aired:  01/28/14
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The National Audubon Society's David Yarnold sheds light on an unusual threat faced by the endangered spotted owl. (5:07)

>> Stephen: THANKS SO MUCH.

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY.

[CROWD CHEERING]THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US.

I GOT TO SAY, DURING THECOMMERCIAL BREAK, I HEARD SOME

ACCUSATIONS THAT MY SUPERB OWLCOVERAGE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A

THINLY VEILED ATTEMPT TOGET RATINGS BY TALKING

ABOUT SUNDAY'S TRADEMARK LET'SCALL IT SPORT-GASM 48.

[LAUGHTER]BECAUSE SUPERB ALL CONTAINS THE

SAME LETTERS OF WHAT'S HAPPENINGON SUNDAY IN THE EXACT SAME

ORDER.

HELLO.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A THINGCALLED COIN CIDENCE?

THIS IS ABOUT THE GREATNESS OFMAN'S BEST FRIEND OWLS AND I'M

COMMITTED TO THESE MAJESTICBIRDS OF PREY AS I AM FOR NOT

GETTING SUED FOR COPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENT.

AMERICA IS BRIMMING WITH HOT OWLCONTROVERSY.

>> THE SPOTTED ALL WASCONSIDERED A SPECIES IN THE

NORTHWEST FOR 20 YEARS BUT NOWTHE SPECIES IS FACING A NEW

THREAT BY ANOTHER SPECIALS OFALL.

>> AN INVASIVE SPECIES OF THEEAST.

>> AS THE BARRED OWLS MOVE INTO AN AREA

THEY'RE VERY TERRITORIAL ANDCHASE THE SPOTTED OWLS.

>> THEY WANT TO KILL ONESPECIES TO SAVE ANOTHER.

>> FOLKS THIS MOVE BY THE OBAMAADMINISTRATION RAISES MANY

TROUBLING QUESTIONS.

SHOULD WE KILL ONE SPECIES TOPROTECT ANOTHER.

IF I DON'T TALK ABOUT OWLS ATLEAST ONCE THIS WEEK, COULD THE

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE LAWYERSKILL ME TO PROTECT THEIR

TRADEMARK.

HERE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONSIS THE CEO OF THE NATIONAL

AUDUBON SOCIETY DAVID YARNELL.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME.

AARON, YOU'RE HERE WITH AN OWL.

IS THE BARRED OWL THE MOSTSUPERB OWL.

>> IT'S A GREAT HUNTER, IT LIVESIN A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF

TERRAIN AND THE HABITAT IT'SINVADING IS HABITAT THAT'S

DECAYING AND IT'S NOT BEING WELLTAKEN CARE OF.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS GOING TOHAPPEN?

DO YOU THINK THERE'S GOING TO BEA CULLING OF THE BARRED OWLS.

>> IT LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL BE ACULLING BUT I THINK THE KEY IS

TO FOCUS IN THE UNDERLYINGHABITAT PROBLEMS THAT THOSE

FORESTS IN THE NORTHWEST HAVEBEEN OVERLOGGED AND NOT WELL

TAKEN CARE OF.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS GOING TOHAPPEN, HOW DO YOU THINK THAT

WILL TAKE PLACE.

HEAVEN FORBID BUT IF I WERE TOSMOTHER THIS OWL, I SAID DON'T

WORRY, WOULD I THEN BE GIVEN THEPRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM?

>> I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY NOTHOW THE WILDLIFE FISH SERVICE

SET IT UP.

>> Stephen: WE'RE JUSTTALKING HERE.

[LAUGHTER]SO YOU ALSO WOULDN'T WANT TO DO

THAT BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET TOKNOW OWLS YOU REALIZE WHAT

TREMENDOUS HUNTERS THEY ARE.

THEY ARE LIKE THE STEALTHFIGHTERS OF BIRDS.

THEY HAVE AMAZING, THEY HAVEDIFFERENT KINDS OF WINGS THAN

OTHER BIRDS SO THAT IN DARK THEYCAN FLY, THEY CAN HUNT, THEY CAN

SEE IN NEARLY PITCH DARKNESS.

THE WIND JUST WHISTLES OVERTHEM.

YOU ACTUALLY CAN'T HEAR THEMCOMING.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS TERRIFYING.

WHY CAN SHE TURN HER HEAD SO FARAROUND.

IS SHE POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL.

>> OWLS ARE REMARKABLY FLEXIBLE.

THEY CAN TURN THEIR HEADS 370DEGREES.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO OWLS EAT OTHER THAN TOOTSIE

POPS.

>> YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT.

IT DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF THEOWL BUT SQUIRRELS, MICE, SNAKES.

OTHER TYPES OF RODENTS.

EVEN OTHER KINDS OF BIRDS.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUTTHE BIG GAME ON SUNDAY FOR JUST

A MOMENT HERE.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: OBVIOUSLYEVERYONE OUT THERE KNOWS EVERY

YEAR WE IN THE PRESS LOOK TOPSYCHIC ANIMALS.

LIKE A CLAIRVOYANT OCTOPUS TOPICK THE WINNER OF THE BIG

GAME. THIS YEAR WE'REGOING WITH THE OWL.

SOPHIA I WANT YOU TO POINT YOURWING AT THE TEAM YOU LIKE

BETTER.

I'VE GOT TWO ADORABLE BUNNIESOVER HERE, ONE IN A SEAHAWKS

JERSEYAND ONE IN A BRONCOS JERSEY.

SO SOPHIA LET ME ASK YOU, WHICHTEAM DO YOU LIKE FOR SUNDAY'S

MATCH UP.

SOPHIA, NO.

I WANT TO ASSURE EVERYONE THATGRIEF COUNSELORS WILL BE MADE

AVAILABLE TO THE AUDIENCEAFTER TONIGHT'S SHOW.

WELL EITHER SOPHIA HATES THEMBOTH OR LOVES THEM BOTH.

WE'LL SIFT THROUGH HER PELLETSAND SEE WHICH

JERSEY EMERGES FIRST.

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