New homes for endangered owls

Volunteers to construct burrows for at-risk owls with help from WWF and Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC

PENTICTON, B.C. – World Wildlife Fund Canada and the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC are teaming up to bring burrowing owls back to British Columbia’s southern grasslands by engaging residents in hands-on conservation efforts.

Members of the public and media are invited to help construct burrows and learn more about this endangered species at an event on Saturday, Sept. 8.

During the 1990s, populations of this charismatic grassland bird dropped by approximately 90 per cent due to habitat conversion. Habitat loss, namely a lack of suitable burrows, is one of the biggest threats to burrowing owls today. Once installed, the newly constructed burrows will provide much-needed nesting habitat and help support the survival of burrowing owls in the wild.

This event is one of three opportunities this fall organized by WWF-Canada and Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC aimed to make people a bigger part the solution to wildlife loss in Canada. Interested community members can register online.

Lauren Meads, executive director of BOCS BC; Lia McKinnon, biology tech; Devika Shah, senior manager of strategic initiatives at the WWF-Canada; and volunteers from the community will take part in the event.

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