Posted by Joyce Bender, a resident of another community, on Jan 19, 2008 at 3:02 pm
This article might also be titled, "More People Trouble for Shoreline Owls."
Affectionately know as BuOws, these pint-sized owls were once much more common. Their numbers have plummeted in recent decades as they've been pushed out by development.
If you've been lucky enough to have a BuOw look you over curiously with their big lemon-yellow eyes, you won't forget it. These plucky little predators are amazingly tolerant of nearby humans and can be seen during daylight hours - providing a rare opportunity to get "closeup and personal". BuOws just need areas where they can safely hunt and nest. They're ferociously loyal to their home burrows. Though remarkably adaptable, like many of us, they often don't do well when forced out of their homes and expected to relocate.
I hope the citizens in your area will be wiser than those in Napa County where BuOws have been completely eliminated as a breeding species because their needs weren't considered when making development plans. In contrast, Burrowing Owls are thriving in Davis because a buffer strip of "wild" land was left for them and Wildhorse Golf Course has protected local ground squirrels (which dig burrows that the owls use) as well as adding underground "owlhouses" Minimum forethought and effort can be all it takes to make the difference. Sports fans in your area have a chance to be far-sighted enough to give Burrowing Owls not just a "sporting chance" but a continuing place in the community. I hope you're up to the challenge.
For more information, there's a great video about BuOws at Web Link.