Does city give a hoot about owls? Sports, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Nov 26, 2009 at 11:55 am
With the burrowing owl as its poster child, the Audubon Society has started a campaign to make Shoreline Park into an owl preserve, and hopes to halt development of two playing fields planned to go on 12 acres of owl foraging grounds there.
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Posted by Paul, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Nov 26, 2009 at 11:55 am
Leave the owls be.
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Take a look at the open space on the west side the tennis courts of Cuesta Park. It would be perfect for the ball fields. As a resident of Mountain View for over fifty years all I ask is that you also make some room for an off leash dog park there as well!
Posted by dfb, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Nov 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm
The Annex is currently slated to be a flood control basin/park space but the city council decided against ball parks during the master plan update. Part of the problem with most parks in the city is that they do not have enough parking. The city needs to make it easier for people to ride their bikes to play ball games before it considers some of the available parks.
Posted by Jessie Vosti, a resident of another community, on Nov 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm
To think that the burrowing owls would be happy in a planned owl community elsewhere is ludicrous. The owls are where the are because they like it there...hunting is good...and they aren't bothered by neighborhood dogs and cats.
I was part of the original Five Midpenninsula Women who objected to the building of Shoreline park on top of a 540 marsh that was a valuable breeding ground for waterfowl, burrowning owls and shorebirds...one of the best in the Southbay outside of Charleston Slough. Shoreline Park destroyed all of that including Charleston Slough which is used to transfer water into a holding pond for the lake.
I think the least Mountain View could do would be to let the owls be and give them their day in the sun on the acreage they enjoy.