Video: Burrowing Owls

Due to a decline in numbers and habitat loss, burrowing owls are one of Colorado's Species of Greatest Conservation Need and are listed in our state wildlife action plan (SWAP).
Burrowing Owls

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The burrowing owl is the only owl in North America that nests underground (in prairie dog burrows in Colorado). And because they are active during the day, they are one of our most viewable owl species. Avian Researchers at Colorado Parks and Wildlife are studying burrowing owls in an effort to learn how management programs can be used to benefit owls and other species that depend on prairie dog colonies. The timelapse video above tells the stories of two of Colorado’s owl families.

Prairie dog
Prairie dog. Photo by © Theo Skinner.

Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl. Photos by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.

Due to a decline in numbers and habitat loss, burrowing owls are one of Colorado’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need and are listed in our state wildlife action plan (SWAP). When looking for burrowing owls, you will increase your chances of seeing one if you are near a black-tailed prairie dog colony from March through September (most of our burrowing owls migrate). For more information on burrowing owls, please read our Burrowing Owls post.

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