Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC

Captive Breeding

Records Keeping

Records are kept for every owl in the program.

It is important to keep accurate records of the pairings and the relatedness between the owls in our small breeding population. In their first few months the owls will be banded and identified with special BC provincial bands. Each juvenile owl can then be identified with a record of the parents. A blood sample is also taken for DNA analysis to positively identify the sexes of the juveniles.

Other records taken include the weights, wing lengths, and general health and appearance of the owls. Regular checks usually take place in the fall and prior to the spring release. Our owl care team members observe the owls daily in the event that medical care is required.

Chris updates breeding records.

DNA sexing.

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