This past week my canyon wandering exploits were halted three times by encounters with owls. On a hike into South Canyon to conduct bat monitoring, cave inventory, and owl surveys I left my crew off with the usual "I'm just going to scout up this side canyon...". After a few moments a Mexican spotted owl flew by, being chased by two ravens. I was amazed, it was 10am in a hot canyon! It is fairly common for ravens and other birds to harass birds of prey when they detect them; but this was a first for me - ravens chasing an owl. Not wanting to harass an already stressed animal, I quickly placed a recorder on a rock and returned down the wash to meet back up with my crew. Later during our trip, we found a roost with three great horned owl chicks in the redwall narrows of South Canyon. Then again, three days later while indulging my "canyonitis" in Glen Canyon I came across another three fledgling great horned owl in a cool and shady pool far up a side canyon. It's been a great few weeks full of owls, lets hope the acoustic data is just as cool, as I start to process it this week.