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Burrowing owl

Update Mid-July 2013
Earlier this month the burrowing owls were attacked several times by a large diurnal raptor. Our biologists believe at least one or more owls were captured and eaten by the Northern harrier.  Burrowing owls are still active at the burrow but other details are still sketchy at this time.

We appreciate your support expressed by your frequent cam viewing. You may also help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:

c/o WDFW
600 N. Capitol Way
Olympia WA 98501-1091

Burrowing owls are a charismatic species favored among many wildlife watchers. Because of their relative tolerance of altered habitat and human presence, they can persist where other species have been lost.

Burrowing owl close-upThe Tri-Cities have been growing at a rapid pace for several years. In population growth, Franklin County was #1 and Benton County was #3 in Washington from 1 April 2000 through 1 April 2003. As a result of this rapid growth, the shrub steppe habitat that burrowing owls and other wildlife depend upon has been lost, degraded or fragmented.

WDFW biologists have been working with researchers, city and county planners, and the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society to slow the rate of loss of existing burrows within the urban growth zone. Despite this effort, each year new subdivisions and shopping centers compete for land occupied by burrowing owls. WDFW and its partners hope that this Internet web page and camera project will inspire the local community and others to develop growth management practices that promote burrowing owls and other wildlife within urban areas.

Burrowing owl nestlingsThere are numerous web links included on this page to point readers to interesting information found elsewhere on the web. More importantly, especially for residents of the Tri-Cities, this page functions as a conduit to local shrub steppe conservation and education efforts. Individuals, local government officials, private development companies, educators and others are encouraged to contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 509-545-2201 to learn how they can help conserve burrowing owls and other wildlife in the Tri-Cities area.

Please send out the WildWatchCam link to all of your friends and relatives - http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/

We appreciate your support expressed by your frequent cam viewing. You may also help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:

c/o WDFW
600 N. Capitol Way
Olympia WA 98501-1091

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The Birdhouse Network - Nest Box Cams
Wildlife Search - Owl Information
The Owl Pages - Links to Owl Cam Pages
Owl Facts - Conservation Commission of the State Missouri
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Barn Owl Headquarters
Birds of Prey Assist Farmers University of California
The Ecological Role of Siblicide
Some bird species commit siblicide
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Hatching Asynchrony and Brood Reduction
Within Nests, Egret Chicks Are Natural Born Killers
Burrowing Owls
Peek into burrowing birds' lives with OwlCam - Tri-City Herald
Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia) Links
Hands On The Land Program
Hanford Reach National Monument
Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST)
To explore places to find birds in Washington - Great Washington Birding Trail