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Photos of the increasingly rare urban owl (Athene cunicularia urbanus)

The Urban Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia urbanus) is increasingly finding itself under anthropogenic expansionist pressures.  As a result, once fertile habitat is being lost as the invasive Concrete coverupus and Asphalte disruptus continue to encroach throughout North America.  As traditional habitat shrinks we [society] wonder why this species would choose to occupy landscapes clearly ordained for development.  There’s a simple solution if we want to coexist, but at the moment classifying this species as a mere pest makes short-term monetary sense.  Sustainable development anyone?

The next time you see any empty lot or a neighborhood in the beginning stages of development, keep your eyes open as you just may encounter the amenable, unique, inquisitive and endangered Urban Burrowing Owl. Visit Burrowing Owl Conservation Network for information.

Scott Artis
Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.



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