By Kayla Yee
Burrow owls are small, long-legged, sandy-colored, bright yellow eyed owls that are found throughout open landscapes in North and South America. Their head is rounded and they don’t have ear tufts. They can be found in grasslands, deserts, or any other open, dry area with low vegetation. They live underground in burrows they dig themselves or take over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. Unlike most owls, during the day they spend most of their time on the ground or on low perches such as fence posts. They hunt close to the ground catching insects and small animals. When they feel alarmed, they jerk their bodies quickly up and down.
Movies that include burrow owls are “HOOT” by Wil Shriner, based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name. The burrowing owl is federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Burrow owls are listed as endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico. They are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to be a Bird of Conservation Concern at the national level, in three USFWS regions, and in nine Bird Conservation Regions. At the state level, Burrowing Owls are listed as endangered in Minnesota, threatened in Colorado, and as a Species of Concern in Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, according to http://burrowingowlconservation.org/burrowing_owl_facts .
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