What is the Screech-Owl Monitoring Program?

This program helps stabilize and monitor Western Screech-Owls in the Lower Mainland.

The Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii) is a species at risk of extinction. In British Columbia, two subspecies of Western Screech-Owl (kennicottii and macfarlanei) are found in different parts of the province: kennicottii on the South coast, and macfarlanei in the South-central interior. It is estimated that this species has seen a 90% population decline in recent years, with only 750-1500 breeding-aged kennicottii subspecies individuals thought to remain in the wild.

The Fraser Valley Conservancy’s monitoring program focuses on the¬†kennicottii¬†subspecies.

By installing and monitoring nest boxes, we provide habitat opportunities for Western Screech-Owls and learn more about how to protect the population.

What Does the Screech-Owl Monitoring Program Do?

Create nesting habitat

We have installed boxes in >30 sites across the Lower Mainland, including parks and private properties.

Monitor nesting success

We monitor >225 boxes annually with the help of our dedicated volunteers and supporters.

Find new populations

We use audio recording units to listen for Western Screech-Owl calls in areas with intact habitat.