"This plan shows leadership," said Shani Kleinhaus, environmental advocate for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. "The fact you are looking at hiring a dedicated biologist and including this 9-acre site, we are really proud of you."
The council voted 6-1 to approve the plan with council member Tom Means opposed at the Oct. 23 meeting.
Wildlife preservationists are concerned that the rare owls could be gone from Santa Clara County within two decades. Their current numbers are at only a few dozen, spread out among bayfront areas at Shoreline Park, Moffett Field and Alviso.
"I wish other cities would do something like this, too, said Gita Dev of the Sierra Club.
The plan also encourages developing a volunteer program with the Audubon Society and encourages local universities to become involved in research that will help save the owls.
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