There are definitely far worse ways to start the week than looking at images of wildlife… Cindy Knoke gets us all off to a brilliant week with her images of the wisest bird of them all… the owl.
Burrowing Owl populations in San Diego County have been sharply depleted by extensive development and are at risk for local extinction.
In San Diego they are a protected species under the Multi-Species Protection Act, and are protected by state and federal wildlife agencies.
The Living Coast Discovery Center in The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is breeding these remarkable little owls and visitors can get up close and personal with these very curious creatures which is an incredible experience.
In the wild Burrowing Owls live mostly in squirrel and gopher burrows, often sharing space with their furry room mates.
The most reliable place to view Borrowing Owls in the wild in Southern California is at The Sony Bono Nature Preserve at The Salton Sea.
Artificial burrows have been set up here where you can watch the owls and their nests in the wild which is quite fascinating!
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