World’s first recovery effort sees spotted owls released into the wild for the first time

By Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship
The Province of BC
October 21, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The conservation of endangered species in B.C. took a monumental step forward in August 2022 as three spotted owls born and raised in a breeding facility were released into protected habitat in the Fraser Canyon, which was the first release of these rare birds into the wild anywhere in the world. This historic milestone was the result of a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and the Spuzzum First Nation, with the ongoing support of the federal government, conservation organizations and other groups “We are doing everything we can to help spotted owls recover in B.C., including running the world’s only spotted owl breeding and release program for this critically endangered species,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship. …Prior to the release, there was only one known spotted owl left in the wild in B.C. Today, there are four

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