This is the new male Barred Owl (Strix varia). He came to Grouse Mountain on April 25th, 2019, from the Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program in Langley, BC. after being hatched on April 10th, 2019.
Barred Owls are a forest owl that can also nest in parks and urban areas. They are not typically shy around humans. Each year several Barred Owl chicks are raised at the Spotted Owl facility to help researches determine the best techniques for the rearing of the highly endangered Spotted Owls. Incubation times, hatching techniques, parenting methods are all important steps that the Barred Owls help us learn because of their close genetic relationship with the Spotted Owl. The Barred Owls as a species are very robust and have been expanding their range across North America in the last 100 years.