Northern Spotted Owl Webcam

Chick B 2021 Photo: Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Chick B is a boy!

Chick B, the star of our spring web cam is doing well and exploring the aviary. It’s common among many raptor species that the only way to differentiate between males and females is through DNA testing, and recent testing of blood samples confirm that Chick B is a boy! Here’s a few images of Chick B, including one with his foster father Sedin.


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:

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:

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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