We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm a believer in evolution and in nature managing species. If the spotted owl fails in competition with the barred owl, science tells us that the barred owl is going to displace the spotted owl regardless of what humans do. Or else the owls will specialize into niches. In any event, human activity was probably a tiny element in the owls' survival system and anything we do will be a tiny element in their survival system in the future.
It's a little like trying to maintain a carnivore that is too slow to catch anything, so it eats one particular type of plant food, plus it breeds poorly. Yes, the panda.
Actually, there are lots of spotted owls all over the place - even down to Mexico. There is no shortage of them from what I can tell, and thee is no shortage of habitat - some have lived on the roof of a Walmart. It's a political animal - more political than a snail darter or the delta smelt.
Back when saving the spotted owl from evil loggers and pulp mills was first a cause celebre, and everyone was being oh so environmentally politically correct about it, I made some stationery for myself which had at the bottom, in small letters: "This paper made from 100% recycled spotted owls," with the little recycle symbol next to it.