Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern Over Burrowing Owls

Burrowing owls require a variety of native grassland species to thrive in an urban landscape. The western burrowing owls nest in burrows abandoned by the California ground squirrel. (Photo by: Annette Herz)


Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern over Burrowing Owls
Bay Nature, November 2013

The western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) doesn’t ask for much. Commonly found alongside concrete culverts and medians, the burrowing owl requires only a few basic ingredients to survive Californian urban settings: open, well-drained soil; short, sparse vegetation; and underground burrows.

But Bay Area biologists say even those simple needs are threatened by a new land exchange between the city of Dublin and the U.S. Army.

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