Adopt an Owl

Support Burrowing Owl conservation and research in Marco Island, FL

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Support Burrowing Owl conservation and research in Marco Island, FL

Background

Audubon of the Western Everglades and The University of Florida – Institute for Food and Agricultural Science have partnered on an Adopt an Owl program to promote Florida Burrowing Owl conservation and research.

Listed as State Threatened, Burrowing Owls are native to Florida and can be found in open grassy areas, such as pastures and vacant lots. As Florida's human population continues to grow and open space is developed, burrowing owls are put at risk.

In Marco Island, volunteers of Audubon of the Western Everglades' Owl Watch program protect burrowing owls by posting symbolic fencing around burrows. Additionally, over 40 volunteers monitor all 240+ burrow sites throughout the nesting season, collecting valuable observations that allow researchers to track the population over time.

Researchers from UF-IFAS under the supervision of Dr. Raoul Boughton are color banding Burrowing Owls in Southwest Florida. Color bands allow researchers and volunteers to identify and keep track of individual birds from year to year. These color banded owls are part of a study of rural and urban Burrowing Owl populations measuring survival, burrow use, and the movements of individual owls.

Adopt an Owl

You can support Burrowing Owl conservation in Marco Island by symbolically adopting a color banded owl. This symbolic adoption sponsors a portion of Owl Watch and research efforts for one year. Adoptable owls and their names are below. Several adoption packages are available:

  • $100 Donation – sponsor receives an adoption certificate, 4x6 photo of the owl, a Burrowing Owl fact sheet, and an end-of-season update.
  • $250 Donation – sponsor receives everything listed above, plus a plush owl with matching color bands, and an 8x10 print of the owl.
  • $1,000 Donation – sponsor receives everything listed above, plus the option to name a banded owl, and recognition on Audubon of the Western Everglades' website.
  • $5,000 Donation – sponsor receives everything above including the option to name an owl, plus a lunch with the Executive Director of Audubon of the Western Everglades and a guided tour with a Burrowing Owl researcher.

Corporate Sponsorships

For a donation of $1,000 and up, corporate partners will receive an adoption package, plus the opportunity to name a color banded Burrowing Owl and receive recognition on our website. Please contact AudubonWE@live.com for more information.


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