Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located? What hours are you open?

We are located near Fort Langley, British Columbia on 25 acres of land leased to us by a private farm owner. As the facility is located at the back of the farm, we do not publicize our address. We are not open to the public except for select tour dates. Feel free to email us if you are interested in tours!

Can I come see the owls?

Yes! We are open for tours on select dates from June to January. Click here for more information about tours. Tours are conducted in a way to have minimal disturbance to the owls, but visitors will get the opportunity to see one of the non-breeding males up close.

How many owls are there at your facility?

As of July 2019, there are 25 northern spotted owls in the NSO Breeding Program. Fourteen of these individuals were born in captivity. 

Why do you artificially incubate the eggs?

By artificially incubating the eggs, we are able to closely monitor humidity, temperature, and rotation of the eggs in a sanitary environment. By removing the eggs from the nest to artificially incubate them, we are also able to "double clutch" each nesting female, which means we are able to produce twice as many eggs compared to if the females naturally incubated their eggs. Click here to learn more about artificial incubation.

I think I found a spotted owl. What should I do?

If you suspect you've sighted a northern spotted owl, try to get a photo or record the owl calling. Barred owls are commonly mistaken for spotted owls as they are both medium sized owls with dark eyes and no ear tufts. Click here to listen to spotted owl calls and compare what you are seeing with photos of the spotted owls in the Program here. If you still suspect it is a spotted owl, email us!

How many wild spotted owls are there in British Columbia?

As of 2016, there are an estimated fewer than 10 wild individual northern spotted owls remaining in British Columbia. In Washington, Oregon, and California, the population of the northern spotted owl has significantly decreased.

When will you release the spotted owls?

We have not begun releases of spotted owls as Summer 2019. This species has proven more difficult to breed than initially thought and as a result, we have focused on reaching our goal of ten breeding pairs in captivity.

Will you release spotted owls on Vancouver Island?

The northern spotted owl has never naturally dispersed onto Vancouver Island. Although there is suitable old growth forest on the Island, spotted owls will not be released in these areas as it is not part of their natural range.

Why do you breed barred owls?

Click here to learn more about the role barred owls play in the NSO Breeding Program.

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Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Langley, BC

Phone: 604 371 4434


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