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Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

The northern spotted owl is one of Canada's most endangered species, with fewer than six wild individuals remaining in British Columbia. Threats to the survival of the species includes the loss and fragmentation of old growth forests that spotted owls live in, and competition from the non-native barred owl.


The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program (NSOBP) is a project under the registered charity BC Conservation Foundation, founded in 2007 to prevent the loss of this iconic species in Canada. The mission of the NSOBP is to restore the population of northern spotted owls across their range in British Columbia through captive breeding and release into protected habitat. There is currently over 300,000 hectares of protected habitat designated by the Province of BC to recover the species.

The NSOBP is located in Langley, BC on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of Kwantlen First Nations. It is the only program in the world breeding spotted owls. As of November 2022, there are 31 spotted owls residing at the breeding facility.

About the Program
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