Congratulations to our 2017 Calendar Cover Photo Winner, Andrew Carothers-Liske, with this stunning photo of a Western Burrowing Owl.
Three fun facts about Western Burrowing Owls:
- Western Burrowing Owls live in abandoned rodent holes, previously occupied by fossorial mammals such as prairie dogs and ground squirrels. They are primarily found in open space with short vegetation and were once a common sight around San Francisco Bay but as of late have been pushed to the brink of extinction by habitat destruction.
- The Burrowing Owl population has been steadily declining for many years due to prairie dog and ground squirrel control programs, and habitat loss due to land conversions for agricultural and urban development.
- Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are extremely active during the day. They are often seen gathering food for their large broods, perching near their burrows or bobbing in and out of their burrows.
Thank you to all of our volunteer photographers who filled the 2017 calendar with stunning Bay views and wildlife! Click here to view more photos from Save The Bay’s 2017 Calendar.