National Wildlife Week: Cooper City Creates a Home for Burrowing Owls
Artificial Burrowing Systems have been in existence since the 1970s to help provide shelter for declining owl populations, since these small owls naturally live in open, treeless areas, which are in decline.
These burrows are simple to create and install, and other parks in Florida can follow Forest Lake Park’s lead. Their burrow includes pieces of PVC pipe to help protect the burrows from collapsing under the weight of mowers and other heavy equipment that maintain public spaces.
Residents can also create burrows in their own yards following these steps from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Cooper City is located in Broward County, which has been a Community Wildlife Habitat with NWF since 2005. The county encourages its municipalities to do the same. To date, 16 municipalities are registered or certified Community Wildlife Habitats. Burrowing owls are no strangers to the area. Portions of the movie “Hoot” were filmed in Broward County and Cooper City’s middle school celebrated the premier with a visit from cast and starring owls.
Broward County was recently named a Great Place for Wildlife as part of the National Wildlife Week 2015 Celebration. Did your city make the grade?