The Breeding Program
The NSOBP has four primary ways to maximize production of spotted owl eggs and chicks. By using a combination of artificial incubation, double-clutching, hand-raising, and parent rearing, the NSOBP increased chick production and between 2012-2020, 12 spotted owls have been born in captivity. Prior to 2012, two chicks were born between 2008 and 2011 by natural parental rearing only.
Spotted owls are monogamous and will mate for life unless their mate dies. Life-long mating requires the owls to form a strong bond that can take many years to fully develop. We are hopeful that new pairs will form each year as they show positive signs of courtship.