WHERE TO BIRD

Birding Field Trips

You will find detailed information on birding field trips on the Events page
and brief mention of the dates and locations on Birding Broward and the Home Page.  We look forward to seeing you on the next Audubon adventure!

Birding Broward County

Looking for a local "do-it-yourself" birding adventure?  Broward County and the surrounding area host a wealth of opportunities for urban and backcountry birdwatching.  Broward County Audubon Society has its favorite birding hotspots.  After checking these out, if you need further information, send an email to the author, Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, birdpaddy@yahoo.com or visit her web site at http://www.birdadventure.com/.

Birding Florida

Florida is on the Atlantic Coast flyway for migrating birds going between the Artic and tropical environments.  Many migrants either cross the Gulf of Mexico on its western side or fly around it during migration. Because of its warm climate year round many birds are residents. Between the Everglades and the panhandle birds find a wide range of desirable habitats: salt marshes, sandy beaches, pinelands, sawgrass marsh, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, and more.  Planning a Florida ecotourism adventure for your next vacation?  The Great Florida Birding Trail documents some of the best bird and wildlife watching in the state.   Stop first on this website at Birding Florida to see what special events are planned for this coming year.
 

Birding the USA

Before traveling to other states, check out sources of birding information in each state.  Read Birding the USA web page for ideas.

Birding the World

Looking for birds on your life list that are not residents or migrants in the USA, enter Birding the World web page to see a list of naturalist led international birding trips.

Burrowing Owls
   

 

     
This small, brown, white-speckled bird appears to be standing on stilts with his hands in his pockets. Pete Dunne has called the Burrowing Owl a "Potato on Stilts." As a member of the typical owls family (Strigidae), he has good eyesight for catching prey in the dark or daylight. His bright yellow eyes are inset in a relatively flat face on a rounded head.
Like the prairie dog, this owl likes dirt and often builds an underground tunnel six to ten feet long in open, dry, or sparsely vegetated areas.  He can be coaxed into using an artificial burrow made of PVC pipe or may use water culverts and drains.  He hunts for prey from a perch (e.g., limb, rock, fence post, road sign) and stalks prey on the ground or flycatches insects in the air.   Prey are primarily invertebrates.  


While not a strong vocalist, the Burrowing Owl does make sounds such as "cuh-huh," "whoof" or "whew," "whe'h'h'h'h'h," and "reah."


His flight is steady and direct with a glide as he lands. Click here to go to Project Perch Photos where you can see slideshows of Burrowing Owls including one on Flight School.

A Threatened Species 

The Burrowing Owl in Florida has been on the Special Concerns Species list and because of a drop in numbers is now on the Threatened list.

Project Perch contributes to data collection on this population of birds.  To see more on the Project Perch - Burrowing Owls at Schools Click here.

Annual bird census of these owls during breeding season has been important in documenting changes to this population and to feed into national databases.  To read about Burrowing Owls Census: Getting Owls on the Map, click here.




Burrowing Owl in Danger?

If you think a Burrowing Owl is in immediate danger, please click here for the "Burrowing Owl Guide to Injured Owls" or contact the Law Enforcement Division of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (MyFWC.com) directly at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).  You can call 24 hours a day/7 days a week and can choose to remain anonymous if you like.

If the owls are not in immediate danger, the FWC can send signs to the property owner or manager for use in notifying people in the area of the protected status of the Burrowing Owls.  For a Guide to Friendly Fences, Perches, and Signs,click here.

Burrowing Owls Guidelines & Plans

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a range of information on Burrowing Owls.  Click on the heading to access each.

BuOw Species Profile

Living with Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owl Brochure

Burrowing Owl Guidelines

Imperiled Species Management Plan(draft)

Burrowing Owl Species Management Plan (draft)
Project Perch and Schools

Information on Project Perch activities with Broward County schools is available on a separate web page, click here.  

Broward County Burrowing Owl Cam 

To go directly to the Broward County Burrowing Owl Cam, click here.

Project Perch Photos (slideshows)

There are slideshows of Burrowing Owls,Young Burrowing OwlsBurrowing Owls in Flight School, and Rehabilitated Owl Releases.  Click on the title you want to go to the page for that slideshow.

Project Perch and Screech Owls

For information on Screech Owl Releases from Rehab, click here.
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