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Burrowing Owls
San José gives a ‘hoot’!
Known for its piercing yellow eyes, adorable chicks, and standing just nine inches tall, the Western burrowing owl is a California state species of special concern that’s thriving on the bufferlands at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility in northern San José.
Western Burrowing Owl
Through San José’s Master Plan for the Regional Wastewater Facility, approximately 200 acres of land are set aside as habitat for the burrowing owl. San José partners with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and San Jose State University to manage and improve the habitat, as well as track and monitor the owls, which live in abandoned ground squirrel burrows, or in artificial burrows that have been installed as part of the project.

Burrowing Owl chickTake a Peek!
Our wildlife cameras take close up photos and videos of the burrowing owls feeding, playing, and much more! We will upload new images to our Flickr Photostream every few weeks.

Thank you to our partners:
 San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society  San Jose State University logo