Species Mapping

Habitat loss, driven by the clearing of old forests, paved the way for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) to be listed as a threatened species.

Protected since 1990 by the Endangered Species Act, we need mapping tools to guide protection for both the owls and the forests that support them—large trees provide critical habitat for many wildlife species. Unfortunately, current approaches to high-fidelity habitat mapping are both costly and time-consuming.

Combining high resolution forest structure data with species observations and ecological niche models, we map the extent and quality of species habitat across large areas to identify conservation opportunities

Using Salo Sciences’ mapping technology, and building on the projects above, we’re developing a dynamic habitat mapping system based high resolution data on forest structure and topography. Our hope is that, with better predictions of the state and future of forest structure across the state, we’ll be able to effectively conserve habitat for this iconic species and others.

To see a demo of this work, or to begin mapping habitat in your region, get in touch.