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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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.
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.
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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