Students Create Habitat for Threatened Burrowing Owls

School environmental groups help with Cooper City project
By Fallan Patterson

Concern for burrowing owls living in the unstable sand under the sidewalk outside Cooper City’s Forest Lake Park recently prompted 80 volunteers to create six safe artificial nests.

Utilizing a $2,000 grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, students and parents from Griffin Elementary School, members of the South Florida Audubon Society’s Project Perch program. Cooper City’s Green Advisory Board and city staff teamed up for the project.

Volunteers dug into abandoned nests to create artificial nesting chambers and tunnels with PVC piping. White sand was spread at the entrance to attract owls. They surrounded the area with wooden fencing to protect the nests, and a sign was secured to the fence explaining what the owls eat, how they nest and their importance to the ecosystem. Read Full Article

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