Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

Chick B 2021 Photo: Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Welcome to the northern spotted owl webcam!

Watch a northern spotted owl chick develop throughout the month of May at a breeding facility in Langley, British Columbia. The northern spotted owl is one of Canada’s most endangered species, there are 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. Supporting the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program has been a priority for the FWCP’s Coastal Region board for many years. It is one of 100 fish and wildlife projects we’re funding across our three regions in 2021–2022, for approximately $9.4 million.

Watch the owl webcam now!


Notes: The owls are most active in the early morning and late evening.
Currently, the camera does not have audio. We are working to improve image quality.

Meet the owls

Chick B-21

Egg B-21 was laid on March 13, 2021, and artificially incubated for 32 days. The chick hatched on April 16 and was hand-raised by the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program team for eight days. It was returned to the nest on April 24.

Chick B-21 was born to parents who were not ready to look after it, and it has been paired with foster parents. Amoré, the mother, accepted her newest foster chick immediately. Sedin, the father, has been excited to feed his little family.

A dummy egg has been placed in the nest to help track the chick’s growth. Chick B-21 was only slightly bigger than the egg when it was put into the nest.

The parents

Sedin and Amoré are back for another year on the webcam! Sedin was born at the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program in 2012. He is the first-ever artificially incubated and hand-raised northern spotted owl. Amoré was brought in from the wild as a juvenile in 2010. These two have been bonded since 2017, and like most owls, they pair for life. Sedin and Amoré have had three male chicks, and they are now raising Chick B-21 together.

The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program’s Adopt-A-Chick campaign

Adopt a chick! For a minimum donation of $25, you will provide your chick with 21 mice—enough food for a whole week. You will receive a certificate of your symbolic adoption and emails about your chick’s development.

The Adopt-A-Chick program gives you an in-depth look at your chick—from its time in the nest with its parents until it has fledged and gets to explore its new surroundings. You’ll receive exclusive photos and videos of the chick and get access to an activities page!

For more information: www.nsobreedingprogram.com/adopt-a-chick.

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.

 

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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