Urban Bird was born in California and over the past 10 years our hands-on conservation efforts for Western burrowing owls and habitat has expanded across the west – anchoring our regional work across the west.
In California, Urban Bird Foundation also engages in the conservation and protection of urban bird populations, wildlife rescues and partnerships with wildlife rehabilitation and hospitals to save injured and stranded birds and other wildlife. Across the west in places beyond California, like Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, we pursue and advocate for urban and suburban habitat, hands-on burrowing owl conservation and mixed-use community open spaces benefiting local birds and people.
Under our Burrowing Owl Conservation Network program launched in 2008, Urban Bird Foundation has helped spur the nation’s renewed interest in saving burrowing owls.
Some of our accomplishments:
- Helped create the first 24-acre suburban preserve dedicated to burrowing owls in Contra Costa County in 2008.
- United people and organizations in California, representing more than 209,000 individuals, for a state-wide conservation strategy in 2010.
- Successfully changed state wildlife policy in 2012 by campaigning for changes to Department of Fish and Wildlife burrowing owl mitigation guidelines.
- Presented a plan and successfully advocated for the protection of open space, expanded wetland mitigation along the Napa River, an environmental community center and Napa County’s first brick and mortar wildlife rescue and rehabilitation hospital in 2016.
- Protected 64 acres of critical migratory burrowing owl wintering habitat in Newport Beach in 2017.
- Conducted burrowing owl population survey research on US Army land in Oregon.
- Joined organizations and federal agencies in the restoration of thousands of acres of Oregon burrowing owl habitat.