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Three Nests Found at San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Owl Relocation Site
Southwest Region, May 17, 2010
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One of the original release males.  Photo by Catherine Lohrengel, 6/2007, San Bernardino NWR, Douglas, AZ
One of the original release males. Photo by Catherine Lohrengel, 6/2007, San Bernardino NWR, Douglas, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Male perched over burrow site.  Photo by Christie VanCleeve, 6/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Douglas, AZ
Male perched over burrow site. Photo by Christie VanCleeve, 6/2009, San Bernardino NWR, Douglas, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

In 2007, San Bernardino NWR partnered with Wild at Heart, a raptor rescue organization, to provide an area for burrowing owls to be relocated to after losing their habitat to development.  One-hundred artificial burrows were put in place and thirteen owls were released that first year.  No additional owls have been released at the site, but owls returned last year and used the artificial burrows for nesting.  This year three nesting burrows have been found along with several “bachelor” sites.  Monitoring of these nesting burrows, as well as the other burrows, will continue through the summer.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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