Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC

Captive Breeding Program

Raising Owls for Release

Burrowing Owls are relatively easy to raise in captivity. They are social birds that adjust well. Over the last ten years our team have learned a great deal about what the birds require for a successful breeding program.

A fundamental goal is that the owls live as naturally as possible while in captivity. They are kept wild and are handled only for medical treatments or routine health checks as needed. The burrows are designed to replicate the sites where they will be eventually released. Human disturbance is kept to a minimum. The diet of our captive birds, while not entirely natural, includes insects and rodents.


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