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These small owls once thrived across North and South America are now Federally protected in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico to help stop their rapid decline in numbers over the last 30 years. Like most of the species, the greatest threat to our local native Western Burrowing owl is habitat loss.

Standing less than a foot tall is advantageous since Western Burrowing owls make their homes in abandoned squirrel, badger, fox or coyote dens. In addition to swooping or hovering to catch prey like most owls, Burrowing owls will use their long legs to run after a potential meal like insects, small mammals, reptiles or amphibians. Because Burrowing owls rely on land for both shelter and hunting, preserving land where they have been spotted is a very effective way we can help protect our local threatened species.

We are currently working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on a habitat conservation easement for Western Burrowing owl in the Tri-Valley.