Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

N. Wajmer

Update: Northern Spotted Owl Chick Learns to Fly

The Northern Spotted Owl chick – known as Chick D – is learning to fly and left the nest. Chick D is spending more time in the aviary where it’s harder for our camera to get a close up. So we moved our camera so you can see Chick B, the other chick born this spring at the centre. Chick B hatched April 12. You should be able to see the chick and its parents Sally and Watson. This is the first chick for the pair.

Meet the new Northern Spotted Owl chick

One of two eggs laid by Shania in March, hatched on April 19th at approximately 10:45 p.m after several weeks in an incubator. Hatching took 84 hours. The chick – known as Chick D – spent its first 15 days in intensive care. It was returned to the nest on May 5 at 10:25 a.m.

Chick D and Shania, the first captive-born Northern Spotted Owl in Canada.

The owl chick was returned to its nest on May 5th.

Scud brings a meal for his owl chick and its mother Shania.

This chick was one of two eggs but was the only fertile egg.

Fragile chick was in intensive care at breeding centre for 15 days.

Owl chick hatching took 84 hours.

Meet the breeding pair of endangered owls

Shania (the larger owl on left) and Scud are a breeding pair of endangered Northern Spotted Owls. We’ll bring you live images from the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program in British Columbia’s lower mainland during owl breeding season until May 2017. We’re a proud supporter of this breeding program and efforts to recover Canada’s most endangered owl. Subscribe to our e-letter WildBytes and we’ll keep you posted on the chicks, the projects we fund, and when to apply for an FWCP grant.

Meet Elliott: hatched in 2016

Meet Elliott, Shania’s first chick born in 2016, proving that a captive-born Spotted Owl is capable of successfully reproducing. He was named after the Elliott State Forest in Oregon.

Northern Spotted Owl Facts

  • The Northern Spotted Owl is the rarest owl in Canada.
  • The entire wild population in Canada is about 20 and they are all in B.C.
  • It’s one of three sub-species of Spotted Owl.
  • They prefer old-growth forests habitats.
  • It’s among the largest owls in North America (40 – 48 cms long)
  • Typically lays two to three eggs per clutch.
  • Gets its name from the distinct spots on its head and back.
  • the typical call is a four-note “who hoo hoo whoo.”
  • Strix occidentalis caurina is the scientific name for this species.
  • This captive breeding program is a critical part of the recovery effort of this owl in Canada.

FWCP and the Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program

One of the reasons the Northern Spotted Owl is at risk in Canada is due to habitat loss due to a variety of human activities such as timber harvesting and human settlement, including the creation of reservoirs. That’s why FWCP is involved: our mission is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams. In addition to funding the breeding program, the FWCP has also funded research and monitoring on Northern Spotted Owls.  Subscribe and stay informed about FWCP grants, and the projects we fund, including this one. If you have questions about the FWCP, please ask us:

The Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program’s objective is to raise and release captive-raised owls into protected habitats, with the goal of establishing a viable self-sustaining population of Spotted Owls within the Lillooet area. If you have questions about the owls, the work of the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program or how you can arrange a summer 2017 guided tour of breeding program, please ask: Follow the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program on Facebook and please share. Read the breeding program newsletter and find out more about the many partners supporting these recovery efforts.

The Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program is funded by BC Hydro, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, INNERGEX, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the Province of B.C.


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