Northern Saw-whet Owl in tree
Northern Saw-whet Owl ( Aegolius acadicus) Photo Credit: Janet Bauer

Feeding Habits: Feeds at night on mice, small birds, and insects.

Unique Features: One of the smallest owl species in North America. Observed on Cassimer Bar living in wood duck nesting boxes. Males sing incessantly at night in the early stages of the breeding season with a high-pitched and short “toot.” During this time, females incubate the eggs and care for the nestlings while the males hunt.

Cultural Significance: The Salish word for owl is špǝ́łaʔ.