Cape Coral Burrowing Owls was founded by a woman known only as the Owl Lady online, when she found burrowing owls nesting in her front yard. She's an avid ornithologist who loves all birds, like us, but also like us, she finds burrowing owls especially endearing. She launched a starter colony for burrowing owls a while back after we shared our success with her from Phase I. Using similar techniques, she managed to create burrows, and even installed a webcam in them!
Today, we just found out from her that an owl has made its home in a one of her starter burrows! She inspected everything yesterday, and from the look of the nesting box, this owl may be expecting to raise chicks here! This is an incredible first success for burrowing owls in Florida, and my team and I are so excited to see how things will progress! Burrowing owl chicks are the most adorable, clown-ish, funny personalities you will ever meet, and honestly I can't wait for them to hatch!
I'm really rooting for the Owl Lady's burrows. Seriously, her use of our technique means more to us than I can even convey in words. Florida burrowing owls are actually quite different from Western ones, so the fact that they too can be convinced to reside in biomimetic artificial burrows is incredible, and really shows that we might, through our efforts, be able to help save burrowing owls from all around the world. I really can't believe we have made such an incredible impact on the lives of such birds, and I hope others will also take up similar tasks to protect this species. Thank you so much to the Owl Lady for your story, and to everyone else that helped make this project a success!