Phoenix • Entered by Emily Matyas on February 1, 2023
Burrowing Owls Habitat Construction
January 20, 2023 – January 21, 2023
Participants and Hours
|Pre Planning hours||5|
|Post Admin hours|
Key Issue: Wildlife Protection
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Sierra Club Phoenix Chapter, Wild at Heart
Outcome 1: Event Attendees (5 people)
Outcome 2: Helped with 7 or more habitats (7 sites/plots)
Short Description of Activity
Helped Wild at Heart build habitats for burrowing owls on a farm near Gila Bend, AZ.
Three of us camped the night before at Painted Rocks Campground to see the petroglyphs.
A good time was had camping, then early the next morning went to the owl habitat site.
Directions were not good, however, and given too late for us to be timely in the morning.
We had to call other participants to get good directions. Once there, we helped with the building
of burrows, to attract owls that are in danger of being killed by development. The work was intricate and demanding, with a learning curve. Some of our group took to it better than others.
The family who went on our behalf, is very interested in continuing work for the owls. In retrospect, we thought that a video from Wild at Heart, would be helpful to teach newcomers how to build the habitats, and we wanted better directions on to get there.
1) Camp at Painted Rocks Campground
2) The Petroglyphs
3) Four of us ready to work
4) Tasha tying wire to build a habitat