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Casa Grande woman saves burrowing owls

Nancy Wood contacted law enforcement officials, who have been in a position to divert and inform individuals of the owls’ presence

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Call it a “hoot” carried out it. Quick pondering by a Casa Grande woman saved a number of colonies of burrowing owls from being entombed as automobiles have been parked close to habitats throughout the road from Vista Grande High School through the latest commencement ceremony.

Nancy Wood contacted attending law enforcement officials, who have been in a position to divert and inform individuals of the owls’ presence.

PinalCentral.com reported that one burrow was barely broken, however the owls have been saved secure as Wood erected security boundaries with accompanying indicators letting the general public know of the presence of the hardy birds.

“I had just been driving by because I go out and check on the owls occasionally during the week and see what’s happening,” she stated. “I saw what was happening. It was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re going to drive over the burrows or walk over the burrows and then the owls will be trapped in their holes.’”

A resident of the Casa Grande space for 3 years, Wood is actively concerned in keeping track of native hen life and has gone earlier than town’s Planning and Zoning Commission advocating and elevating consciousness for the burrowing owls, whose habitat has come beneath stress from new growth tasks.

The western burrowing owl is protected beneath the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. All migratory birds and their components are absolutely protected. The owls are additionally protected beneath Arizona state legislation.

The birds can harbor a number of inhabitants in a burrow.

“Most people think birds live in nests and trees and stuff like that but the burrowing owls are the only owl that actually lives in the ground,” Wood stated. “They nest within the floor, they’ve their offspring within the floor, their infants are raised within the floor. At this time of year, it’s nesting season so one burrow can have eight owls that might be compromised if one thing occurs to the burrow.

“We have a lot of them that are in the area, which is surprising because they live in the burrows in the ground so you just drive by a hole and you don’t even see them until they happen to show up and pop out and sit on a branch. A lot of times you don’t know that they’re even there.”

Wood stated that whereas she isn’t towards growth or new housing tasks for the Casa Grande space, she hopes that by creating consciousness of the owls and their habitats, builders can assist present options to issues that come up.

She hopes builders develop into educated in easy methods to spot a burrow, and who to contact at a rescue to allow them to be safely dealt with.

“I don’t have any problems with their development,” Wood stated. “It’s their land and we need the development for the city. People need places to live. It’s just that we don’t want to take the owls’ homes away from them and have no place to go. Eventually even the city or the developers might say set aside some habitat that would allow them to stay. Otherwise if they just get relocated, we’ll end up with no owls.”

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