The Breeding Program
The NSO Breeding Program 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 NSO Breeding Program has produced ten spotted owls since 2012. 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. There are currently six breeding pairs in the Program. We are hopeful that new pairs will form next year as they have shown positive signs of courtship in the previous breeding season.