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Burrowing Owl Conservation Network

A program of Urban Bird Foundation

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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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REPORT A SIGHTING

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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.

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INJURED OWL?

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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.

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OWL EMERGENCY!

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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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CONSERVATION

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.

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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.

INFLUENCING POLICY

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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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.

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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 as a Species of Concern in Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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  • 6 irresistibly cute small owls...
    Posted by Urban Bird on December 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    It’s no secret that we absolutely love burrowing owls. In fact, we have a robust burrowing owl conservation program spanning protection, habitat restoration, and education and outreach. For instance, California’s population of burrowing owls has been declining in parts of its range for decades and many counties have completely lost their breeding owl populations due... Read More The post 6 irresistibly cute small owls named after the Greek goddess of wisdom appeared first on Urban Bird Foundation | Birds. People. Communities.. […]

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