Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

Chick J May 25, 2020

It’s happened! Chick J has found his wings

Chick J has found his wings and will be in the nest less often as he explores the aviary. The good news is another chick hatched recently and we will soon be moving our camera to that nest so we can watch Chick Q for a few more weeks. We’ll keep you posted on Chick J’s progress and look forward to meeting the next chick!

The Northern Spotted Owl is one of Canada’s most endangered species with only about 10 individuals left in the wild in British Columbia. The webcam is brought to you by the FWCP and the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. See “Chick J” develop throughout the month of May at the breeding facility in Langley B.C. The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program is one of 99 fish and wildlife projects we’re funding for approximately $8.7 million, in 2020–2021.

Amoré (female) and Sedin (male) are the adults starring in this year’s live stream. The pair bonded in 2017 and welcomed their first chick—a male named Rocket—in 2019. This year, watch as Amoré and Sedin raise their newest biological offspring, Chick J. The egg was laid on March 14, 2020, and artificially incubated before hatching on April 20, 2020.

The owls are most active in the evening and early morning. Be sure to watch then!

 

Northern Spotted Owl facts

  • The Northern Spotted Owl is the rarest owl in Canada.
  • The entire wild population in Canada is about 10 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).
  • It typically lays two to three eggs per clutch.
  • It 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.

This is the fourth year we’ve hosted a webcam in partnership with the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program, and of course the owl chicks. Meet some of the chicks we’ve watched hatch and fledge since 2017.

 

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 resulting from 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: fwcp@bchydro.com.

The Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program’s objective is to release captive-raised owls into protected habitats, with the goal of establishing a viable self-sustaining population of Spotted Owls within the Lillooet area.

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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