-- 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..]
Letter to the Editor