A famed northern spotted owl named Polka has died at Oregon's High Desert Museum in Bend.
Polka and his mate, Dot, who died last year, drew attention whenever Dot laid eggs. Their owlets were released into the wild or sent to other programs to breed the threatened species.
KTVZ reports ( http://bit.ly/tBSPId) the pair helped biologists and the public learn more about the owls and how to protect their old-growth habitat from logging.
Polka was 26. Spotted owls typically live about 16 years in the wild.
Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/