Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

Chick P June 2, 2020

Meet Chick P!

Chick J has found his wings and is successfully exploring his aviary. We can now turn our attention another nest where Chick P is being fostered by Sally and Watson. Chick P hatched on May 8th and is the biological offspring of Sedin and Amore. Chick P has two other siblings born this year (Chick J and Chick Q) as well as a brother (Rocket) born last year.

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 P develop throughout early June 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.

The owls are most active in the evening and early morning. Be sure to watch then! Note, there is no audio with this stream.

 

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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