Woke up real early this morning so decided to take a walk around the block in my leopard print pajamas. Nobody knows me here but I did make these two new friends:
Until now the only Burrowing Owl I was familiar with was the winery in the Okanagan, British Columbia (which by the way is very good)….….but the real thing does exist and it is a lovely sight to behold. They’re a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. They nest and roost in burrows – hence the name.
The Burrowing Owl is currently on British Columbia’s Red List meaning that as of 2006 they are Endangered. They’re endangered for a variety of reasons (too numerous to mention here) but for starters the reproduction rate of Burrowing Owls is limited by the availability of suitable habitat. The last breeding record for Burrowing Owls in BC was in 1970.
The outlook for Burrowing Owls in British Columbia is reasonably good. Although habitat loss continues, many other impacts have been minimized, thanks in part to public awareness and support. To become more aware please refer to this link:
p.s. The sun was starting to rise as I walked back just in time to see a man wearing a bathrobe walk out to get his morning paper – didn’t feel too bad wearing p.j’s.