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Will new plan save the burrowing owls?

Original post made on Sep 2, 2011

As Mountain View's population of burrowing owls is dwindling, and authorities are being prodded to approve a new plan to save them.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Rebecca Feind
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

I am very appreciative of the time and energy being taken by all members of the community to protect the Western Burrowing Owls. My thanks to local and state government officials for working to implement the preservation plan, which can serve as a model for other cities. We are so lucky to have these very interesting birds in our immediate environment and protecting them will enhance the overall health of our Bay ecology.


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Posted by Pati Rouzer
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

A thank you to the staff at the City of MV and the Shoreline golf course managers for your attention to and work on preserving a bit of wildness on the last fringes of our city. I've lived and worked in Mountain View since the early 80's and have enjoyed getting out to the bay, taking in the vistas, watching birds, and especially looking for the Burrowing Owls. It's getting harder and harder to see these special residents of our city. They are not only delightful but an indicator of a healthy habitat. Thanks also to our elected city representatives and Assemblyperson Fong for their work helping the critters as well as the people who enjoy them.


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Posted by Gail & Doug Cheeseman
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Great article! WE hope the preservation plan moves forward quickly and successfully and that other cities will follow Mountain View's lead, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto at Byxbee Park.


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Posted by Jennell Manion
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Thank you Assembly member Fong and Mountain View city council members for working with the Audubon Society to help preserve these beautiful owls. We should strive to provide future generations with the same beauty we are lucky enough to have now. The Aflight exhibition sounds wonderful and I look forward to seeing the different species of birds that make use of the parkland.


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Posted by Ruth Troetschler
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Your article is very helpful for those of us who are not aware of the plight of these attractive owls. Thank you Mountain View for being at the forefront of Burrowing Owl protection in our county and setting an example to other nearby cities. Please keep up the good work.


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Posted by Helen Armer
a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Thank you to the many organizations and people who have demonstrated leadership in addressing the crisis facing our county's burrowing owls. These include the Mountain View City Council, Mayor Siegel, the staff of Shoreline Park, biologist Phil Higgins, and SCVAS environmental advocate Shani Kleinhaus. Without your efforts, we would surely lose our owl population. Let's work to get other Santa Clara County cities to follow Mountain View's lead.


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Posted by Stephanie Ellis
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

Thank you to SCVAS for raising awareness about the plight of the Burrowing Owl and to Mountain View and Assembly Member Fong for taking into consideration the seriousness of the need to protect this delicate species and its habitat.


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Posted by JB
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

"Encroaching development has long been the main threat to the owls, and in Mountain View the development of the Shoreline area has cut into their habitat. The city has plans to build soccer and baseball fields south of the golf course on land the owls use to hunt mice and insects. But to compensate for that, the city plans to create more hunting grounds for the owls on the city's golf course"

This is an Oxymoron statement, how will they do this, by letting a bunch of mice loose on the golf course?

Lets face it, Mt. View is just over building like all the other cities. It will mean the end for all wild life as we know it, except for the roaches.


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