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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press

January 9, 2001

Rare Burrowing Owls!
Wintering In Clovis Area

By Thomas Hobbs, Executive Editor

     CLOVIS -- The Burrowing Owl species is at risk of extermination in California (Western Burrowing Owl). Central California is considered to contain the largest population of wintering burrowing owls in North America.
     These tiny owls have recently been seen in the Clovis uran fringe standing guard at earthen entranes to their underground nests. A decline of the population has accelerated within the last twenty years.
     A new studt project has just begun that will analyze previously recorded data to estimate density and habitat associations, map the locations of all owls on GIS, and conduct a comparative study of burrowing owl demography in fragmented and non-fragmented habitats in the central San Joaquin Valley.

     [Editor's Note: If you have sightings to report, please contact: The Institute for Bird Populations Dr. David F. DeSante PO Box 346 Point Reyes Station, California or call at (415) 663-1436..]

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