Summer 2015 Update. This year, the barn owls successfully fledged three young owls this year. The young have been out of the box and the camera has been taken offline because the hatchery is undergoing complete renovation. A new box will be installed at the hatchery and if the owls choose to use that box again, we will try to establish a new camera in 2016 or 2017.
Barn Owl Camera came into existence when the WildWatch staff received a request from a WDFW habitat biologist and hatchery manager to conduct a site and feasibility inspection for a barn owlcam. WDFW staff had recently completed construction of a barn owl nest box with modifications to an attic vent for a small entry area into the nest box. Recent demolition of a nearby barn that had long-standing documented use of barn owls led the biologist to obtain some nest boxes constructed in an attempt to attract nesting owls. Within a few months, one of the nest boxes was occupied by a pair of barn owls.