Burrowing owls are a charismatic species favored among many wildlife watchers. Because of their relative tolerance of altered habitat and human presence, they can persist where other species have been lost.
The Tri-Cities have been growing at a rapid pace for several years. As a result of this rapid growth, the shrub steppe habitat that burrowing owls and other wildlife depend upon has been lost, degraded or fragmented.
WDFW biologists have been working with researchers, city and county planners, and the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society to slow the rate of loss of existing burrows within the urban growth zone. Despite this effort, each year new subdivisions and shopping centers compete for land occupied by burrowing owls. WDFW and its partners hope that this Internet web page and camera project will inspire the local community and others to develop growth management practices that promote burrowing owls and other wildlife within urban areas.
There are numerous web links included on this page to point readers to interesting information found elsewhere on the web. More importantly, especially for residents of the Tri-Cities, this page functions as a conduit to local shrub steppe conservation and education efforts. Individuals, local government officials, private development companies, educators and others are encouraged to contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 509-545-2201 to learn how they can help conserve burrowing owls and other wildlife in the Tri-Cities area.
Please send out the WildWatchCam link to all of your friends and relatives - http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/
We appreciate your support expressed by your frequent cam viewing. You may also help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:
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Olympia WA 98501-1091