Re: Burrowing Owl Conservation Help
I get these calls on a regular basis. In fact, just yesterday, I was
emailed about a company in the Pleasanton area who was discing a
field on their property to prohibit owls from using it.
This cynical form of habitat management should not be tolerated,
especially since owls can co-exist with agricultural and even semi-
urban situations quite well.
As most on this list are aware, this is a species that is in big
trouble in the state away from its stronghold in the southeastern
corner (Colorado River Valley and Imperial Valley). Efforts to list
it as State Threatened recently failed, and though many feared
listing would only encourage this sort of illegal activity, it
appears that not listing is not exactly helping either.
I have only recommended that people get in touch with their local
Dept. of Fish and Game office, since this is the only state agency
with any authority over these activities. I know that DFG has an
anonymous tipline, 1-888-334-2258, but I don't know whether this has
been effective at discouraging Burrowing Owl disturbance.
I would hope that the more DFG hears about these incidents, the
better, but if someone from the Dept. could comment on this, that
would be helpful.
Thanks for bringing up this important bird conservation issue.