Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
Photo: Joseph DiDonato

The burrowing owl (BUOW) occurs in open grassland habitat most often associated with colonies of CA ground squirrels upon which the owls rely for burrow systems. BUOWs nest and seek refuge underground within burrows and will often use man-made structures (culverts, pipes, broken cement) as refuge and nesting sites.

Banks Featuring this Species

MHCB, Mountain House, Bethany, Byron

Mountain House Conservation Bank is located in eastern Alameda County, north of Livermore, CA. The bank consists of 147 acres of grassland, seasonal alkali wetland, perennial wetlands and pond habitat. The property is adjacent to the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Byron Conservation Bank and is just north of the Bethany Reservoir, a state managed facility.