Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

N. Wajmer

 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. As it strengthens the chick will become more visible and active. Scud will bring food to the nest and Shania will feed the chick. The second egg laid by Shania was not fertile.

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



Watch the Northern Spotted Owls


Our camera is looking down at the nest stump that Shania and Scud have chosen this year. What to expect during breeding season. Get to know Shania and Scud. She’s the first captive-born Northern Spotted Owl and he was raised in the wild.

About our webcam:  The infrared webcam will be online 24 hours a day. Your internet speed, and the number of people viewing at the same time as you, may impact how quickly the video loads on your device. No special software is required. If your live feed stops, refresh your computer to re-start the video feed. Please watch and watch often, but please don’t live stream for extended periods of time or leave your video player open when you are not watching.


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.


Provincial Region News