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More owl trouble -- this time
for Shoreline ball field plan

Original post made on Jan 19, 2008

After years of outcry from residents for more playing fields, the city is apparently moving full steam ahead on a 12-acre baseball and soccer field along Garcia Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 17, 2008, 1:37 PM


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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.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 22, 2008 at 11:10 am

The North Shoreline location for athletic fields is a bad idea for several reasons besides the impact to the owl habitat. The area is prone to flooding and high winds, but mainly the sports fields need to be located closer to where people live, where kids can walk or ride their bikes to the park. Traffic in the area is already heavy on the roads across Highway 101, extra loads of soccer moms will only exacerbate the problem. The city should drop their plans for athletic fields in the North Shoreline area.

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Posted by hannah
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:30 am

they shouldn't do those owls are legally pretected!