BURROWING OWL IN DANGER???


If you think a Burrowing Owl is in immediate danger, please 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 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.

WHAT IS PROJECT PERCH

Project Perch is creating a real-life "hoot" in Broward County. Kelly Heffernan, an avian biologist, started Project Perch for the South Florida Audubon Society in 2008.  Project Perch’s mission is to protect and nurture the owls in southeast Florida.  Specifically, Project Perch: 


  • Provides protection by finding and educating “caretakers” for as many owls as possible, 
  • Counts the owls annually during the breeding season, and
  • Promotes the population by working with landowners to provide artificial burrows and nest boxes.  


The Florida burrowing owl is classified as "threatened" by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This means burrows, owls, and their eggs are protected from harassment and/or disturbance by state law. Burrowing owls are also protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Because of their status, Project Perch has focused on repopulating the Burrowing Owls in Broward County. SFAS now has registered agents with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) who can help with the relocation of Burrowing Owls.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The following items are needed for current projects.  All donations are welcome and tax-deductible. ​

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OUR MISSION

photo credit: Liza Morffiz Chevres and Susan Faulkner Davis

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​The LIVE Burrowing Owl Cam provides a 24-7 glimpse into the life of a Burrowing Owl family in Broward County.  Check back often to see the activities of this year's brood.  Although you may see them at any time of day, the best times are at dawn and dusk

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South Florida Audubon Society has teamed up with EarthCam, Birding Adventures, NatureScape Broward, and the School Board of Broward County to deliver a unique look at a Burrowing Owl colony.

BURROWING OWL STORE

You'll find unique merchandise with the burrowing owl's watercolor art of Claudia Hafner on t-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, calendars, and more. 

PROJECT PERCH (in schools)

​Twenty Broward County schools have participated thus far in educating children and youth about ways to care for, protect, and count the owls.  Activities have included making a wildlife journal, creating artificial burrows, providing perches, signs, stakes, and rope, and learning how to become "Certified Burrow Caretakers". Because lawn mowing equipment is heavy and damages burrows, the creation of artificial burrows has been an important part of the process of saving the Burrowing Owls. It also facilitates relocating burrows away from unsafe areas of school grounds. What is amazing, is how unique each school project turns out to be and how many different school subjects, classes, and clubs that these projects impact.  We have had science fair participants, environmental clubs, and science classes, but we have also had student journalists, videographers, photographers, and artists as well as a math class, a shop class, a robotics lab, and children with special needs.  In all of our projects, the students do as much of the work as possible. The artificial burrows are dug by students; the maps for the projects are made by students; the artwork, videos, photographs, signs, banners, and websites are all created by students.


  • Blanche Ely High School
  • Cooper City and Piper High Schools
  • Driftwood Middle School
  • Griffin Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Middle and Owl Lookout Park
  • McArthur High School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • Pompano and Sheridan Hills Elementary Schools
  • Hollywood Hills Elementary Owl Release


A Special thanks to all individuals contributing photos for these slideshows.  Contributors have included but not been limited to, Andy Downs, Brian Mealy, Georgia Mally, Barbara Miller, James Currie, Kelby Drew, Art Nelson,

Allison Zack, and Wild Life Care Center.

Project Perch’s mission is to protect and nurture the owls in southeast Florida.  Specifically, Project Perch: Provides protection by finding and educating “caretakers” for as many owls as possible, Counts the owls annually during the breeding season, and promotes the population by working with landowners to provide artificial burrows and nest boxes

WELCOME HOME CEREMONY

When the Humane Society's Wildlife Care Center called to say they had received an injured Burrowing Owl near the Hollywood Hills Elementary School, the school was excited and moved very quickly to install new artificial burrows and issue a press release.  


They held a school wide assembly so all of their students could learn about the owls and ask questions.

Then they had a "Welcome Home Ceremony" where students were lined up to watch the owl being released and to be interviewed by local TV and newspapers.

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South Florida Audubon Society has teamed up with EarthCam, Birding Adventures, NatureScape Broward, and the School Board of Broward County to deliver a unique look at a Burrowing Owl colony.

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VIDEO FROM LYNDSAY 

Lyndsay LovetoArrive recently photographed burrowing owls for the first time. This experience has opened her eyes to these cute little owls 


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