Town Square

Does city give a hoot about owls?

Original post made on Nov 26, 2009

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 27, 2009, 12:00 AM


Posted by Paul
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

Leave the owls be.

Possible alternate site below.

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!

Good Luck


Posted by Deb
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

That annex by Cuesta park was voted down as a site for a baseball park a couple years ago.

Posted by dfb
a resident of Shoreline West
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 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.

Posted by Jessie Vosti
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I see I left out a word in my previous comment. The "540 marsh" should read "540 acre marsh."

Thank you.

Posted by Cynthia Hanson
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

The burrowing owls have a right to stay in their homes.

We can find other places for playing fields.


Posted by RAK
a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The owls are more important than baseball and parking lots. Mt View has enough rats and mice. We need the owls.