(December 1, 2016) Owl Eyes (okay, a Burrowing owl, one of the NBHCP’s “Covered Species”) decides to winter on the Conservancy preserves. A rare treat, and a treat we are so thankful for. The Conservancy spent thousands of dollars embellishing a highline water conveyance structure some years ago. It was expensive, and required the cooperation of the Natomas Central Mutual Water Company. Working with the Water Company, the Conservancy’s crews constructed what we thought would be perfect Burrowing owl habitat. Now it seems to be getting some use.
Maybe this owl is just a scout. Maybe just seeing what potential nesting conditions might be for springtime. We can hope.
Either way, we are so pleased we are seeing this welcome activity.