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Revised Burrowing Owl Report Now Available

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  • Becky Stenberg
    California Department of Fish and Game News Release March 7, 2012 Media Contact: Tina Bartlett, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 358-2898 Harry Morse, DFG
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      California Department of Fish and Game News Release
      March 7, 2012

      Media Contact:
      Tina Bartlett, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 358-2898
      Harry Morse, DFG Communications, (916) 323-1478

      Revised Burrowing Owl Report Now Available

      The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has released the 2012 Burrowing Owl
      Staff Report on Burrowing Owl Mitigation, a revision of a 1995 report on
      the species. The release of the revised report coincides with the beginning
      of burrowing owl breeding season, which begins as early as Feb. 1, 2012 in
      California.

      The report is located on the DFG website at
      www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/docs/BUOWStaffReport.pdf.

      The Burrowing Owl Consortium, an ad hoc group of burrowing owl biologists
      and advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area, prepared the first Burrowing
      Owl Survey Protocol and Mitigation Guidelines in 1993. DFG�s 1995 report
      followed, describing burrowing owl and burrow survey techniques and
      mitigation measures intended to offset the loss of habitat and slow or
      reverse further decline of this species. Notwithstanding these measures,
      burrowing owls have continued to decline in portions of their range.

      DFG revised the report to address this concern. The report provides greater
      detail and clarity than was available in the 1995 version of the report and
      summarizes the best currently available science for evaluating project
      sites for burrowing owl habitat, occupancy, conducting habitat assessments
      and conducting burrowing owl surveys. The report also summarizes best
      management practices developed over the last 16 years to improve the
      adequacy of project impacts assessments, to identify clear and effective
      avoidance and minimization measures and to create burrowing owl mitigation
      recommendations that ensure impacts to burrowing owls are effectively
      addressed at the project, local and/or regional level.


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