A Refuge For Burrowing Owls in Arizona
Rescuers find homes for little owls uprooted by growth
by Brandon Loomis
Burrowing owls look perfectly at home just a stone’s throw from inquisitive humans, bobbing comically in a curtsy that earned them the nickname “howdy owls.”
The trouble is, people do a lot more than watch and say “howdy.” Around Phoenix and other flat Western expanses where the 10-inch-tall creatures were once ubiquitous, bulldozers churn and pavement covers their native turf. Newly planted trees, cactuses and fences hide potential predators such as coyotes or hawks.
That’s why the Audubon Society teamed up with the non-profit bird rescuers Wild at Heart to give displaced owls new homes along the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in south Phoenix…
(read more: AZ Central)