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Can you imagine being homeless, just hoping to find an abandoned place for shelter? Unfortunately for this tiny owl, that’s exactly what she has to do. For her and her kind, time is running out. But there is hope. And that hope is you.

Despite their predicament, these peculiarly long-legged owls are known for enthusiastically greeting visitors by nodding or dancing for them. Cowboys used to call them the “howdy birds” since they could always be counted on for a friendly hello even in a lonely landscape. Sadly, these Western Burrowing owls are a threatened species.

Not only are the open grasslands they live in quickly disappearing but so are many of the wildlife they need in order to survive. That’s because burrowing owls rely on the abandoned burrows of mammals like ground squirrels, badgers, foxes and coyotes to make their homes in. As the Tri-Valley’s natural lands are developed, open spaces and burrows become a hot commodity for competing wildlife, leaving the dwindling burrowing owl population without an adorable long leg to stand on.

But thanks to your support, we’ve made enormous strides toward preserving 178 acres of land in North Livermore that supports wildlife including the threatened burrowing owl and California tiger salamander. With your help, once this habitat is protected, we’ll begin building natural burrows that will provide shelter for the burrowing owls, California tiger salamanders and other wildlife. This “Burrowing Owl Condo Project” will provide critical shelter, blend seamlessly into the landscape, and become part of the complex interconnected wildlife tunnels that are crucial for our local ecosystem.

This is just one of the many projects that your generosity supports. We can’t preserve and restore this land, or any others, without you. You are the hope to help save our wildlife, our plants, our agriculture, our land.

Please make a donation today to help us protect more of the Tri-Valley’s lands for parks, trails, farms, ranches, vineyards and wildlife like the burrowing owl before it’s too late.

When you make a donation to Tri-Valley Conservancy, it helps us preserve land forever. You’re making a gift that you, wildlife and future generations will get to enjoy.