Burrowing Owl Conservation Network


Burrowing Owl Conservation Network
Burrowing Owl Conservation Network logo.jpg
Type501(c)(3) non-profit organization
FocusBurrowing owl, habitat and wildlife conservation
Area served
United States
MethodConservation, ecosystem restoration, education, research, collaboration, outreach

Burrowing Owl Conservation Network is a United States-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008 and is dedicated to "the protection and restoration of burrowing owls and promot[ing] the preservation and careful management of habitat to prevent loss, foster healthy populations, and maintain intact natural communities for an ecologically sound future."[1][2] The organization is active in California political intervention aimed at burrowing owl protection, and fundraising used for conservation, education and outreach, raptor research, and advocacy.[3][4] The organization's efforts include habitat protection, ecosystem restoration, collaborations with private lands owners, government agencies and non-profit organizations, and installation of artificial burrows.[5][6]

The organization was originally named "Friends of East Bay Owls" and its mission was focused on protecting burrowing owls and habitat in East Bay.[1][7] The organization's mission and work has expanded throughout California and North America.[1] The organization has offices in Visalia, Berkeley and Redding, California. The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network is a project of Earth Island Institute.[2]

Conservation Strategy Petition

Burrowing Owl Conservation Network spearheaded a 2011 statewide petition for the "immediate development, release for public comment and implementation of a Comprehensive Conservation Strategy for Burrowing Owls." This petition was a joint project with Defenders of Wildlife and was signed by 22 other California organizations representing more than 209,000 Californians.[8][9]

Earth Island Institute

Burrowing Owl Conservation Network was adopted by Earth Island Institute on July 24, 2010.[2][5] Earth Island Institute provides Burrowing Owl Conservation Network with fiscal sponsorship and administrative support for their grassroots efforts.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Burrowing Owl Conservation Network. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Earth Island Reports: New Earth Island Projects". Earth Island Journal. 25 (3). 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  3. ^ Greene, Jessica (January 4, 2010). "Speaking Up for the Owls". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Burrowing Owl Advocates Ask Attorney General To Stop Bird Evictions". KTVU Channel 2. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b Gehlke, Roni (August 24, 2011). "East Contra Costa conservation group protects at-risk burrowing owls" (PDF). Contra Costa Times.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Suzie (July 28, 2011). "Helping the Valley's Burrowing Owl Survive" (PDF). Sonoma Press Democrat. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  7. ^ Tam, Katherine (January 3, 2010). "East Bay owl advocates protest birds relocation" (PDF). Contra Costa Times.
  8. ^ "23 Organizations Sign Petition". The Quail. 56 (9): 5. June 2011.
  9. ^ "23 California Organizations Sign-On to Burrowing Owl Conservation Letter". The Burrow Guardian. 2 (2). April 2011.
  10. ^ "Project Directory". Earth Island Institute. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.

External links

  • BurrowingOwlConservation.org