We were feeding squirrels again and noticed that the burrows now had the characteristic mound beside their openings, along with the appropriate depth markings. We could see the tubing leading to the "living room" we had installed beneath the large, open-bottom cages in which the squirrels were kept to encourage them to burrow in these locations. Three of our members actually ran into the preserve and started doing victory dances. Honestly, one could not imagine how much these holes mean to us. It is the first thing we have finished in our great plan of action for an owl colony, and a sign that our plans can produce real results, however minor at the moment.
We quickly made plans for the next step, and now we will be assembling cages and planning for the capture of endangered owls now to inhabit these burrows.