We Are Burrowing Owl Conservation Network

Saving burrowing owls to preserve the interconnected relationship between people and nature.

Birds. People. Communities. A better, sustainable living for all.

What is a Burrowing Owl?

Burrowing owls are small owls that live in dry, open areas where grasslands, rangelands, agricultural lands, deserts and scrublands are found. These small owls are less than 12 inches tall, have long legs and a short tail, are mostly brown with numerous white or tan spots, and have white eyebrows just above bright yellow eyes. As their name implies, burrowing owls actually make their homes underground. As opposed to the Florida Burrowing Owl that may dig their own burrows, Western Burrowing owls rely on the abandoned burrows of mammals like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, badgers, coyotes, and foxes.

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Quick Links to Help Burrowing Owls



Have you seen a burrowing owl? If so, we look forward to hearing from you. The information you provide aids in our conservation, research and tracking efforts.




Did you find an orphaned or injured burrowing owl? Please help us ensure the animal’s safety and return to the wild! Please check these resources and information.




Are you witnessing activities jeopardizing burrowing owl colonies, have concerns for, or have information pertaining to the immediate safety of burrowing owls?


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Urban Bird Foundation

Burrowing Owl Conservation Network actively works to re-establish, preserve and aid in the rehabilitation of burrowing owl colonies through the protection and maintenance of habitat, ground digging mammals and ecosystems.


Urban Bird Foundation

Enhancing protections for burrowing owls and other wildlife by working with federal, state and local officials and agencies — proposing long-term solutions based on the latest science, research and wildlife conservation methods.


Urban Bird Foundation

Advocating and proposing legislation and policy change to foster updated, clarified and augmented conservation guidelines to biologists, planners, land managers, and agencies for the benefit of burrowing owls across North America.

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Become a burrowing owl volunteer!

Together, we can conserve unique species, safeguard green spaces and habitats, provide innovative solutions that create wildlife corridors, and stand up for nature. We need your help to give a voice to nature and help us monitor burrowing owls and their habitat. Learn more about our Burrow Watch Program and volunteer opportunities at Urban Bird Foundation.


Burrowing Owl Status

Burrowing Owls are listed as Endangered in Canada and Threatened in Mexico.

They are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to be a Bird of Conservation Concern at the national level, in three USFWS regions, and in nine Bird Conservation Regions.

At the state level, Burrowing Owls are listed as Endangered in Minnesota, Threatened in Colorado and Florida, and as a Species of Concern in Arizona, California, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Latest News

  • California Endangered Species Act Protections Sought for Vanishing Burrowing Owls
    For Immediate Release, March 5, 2024 Contact:          Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185, jmiller@biologicaldiversity.org Jacqueline Covey, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0287, jcovey@defenders.org Scott Artis, Urban Bird Foundation, (925) 550-9208, scott@urbanbird.org Shani Kleinhaus, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, (650) 868-2114, advocate@scvas.org State Protections Sought for Vanishing California Burrowing Owls SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups petitioned… Read more »
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