If burrows are found on your property, your property might be occupied by Burrowing Owls. Burrowing Owls (athene cunicularia) are small owls that make burrows in the ground similar to the Gopher Tortoise. While a Gopher Tortoise burrow is usually a half-moon shape, a Burrowing Owl’s burrow will be more round and usually has feathers around the edges. Burrows left by owls are also more shallow than those left by Gopher Tortoises.
Burrowing Owls occur throughout the state of Florida, but are more common in Marion and Sumter counties and Southern counties of Florida in general. Burrowing Owls are much less common than Gopher Tortoises.
If Burrowing Owls are found on your property and you wish to develop that property, you must seek out a permit from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
In the video below, Elaine Imbruglia of Modica & Associates sits down with The Land Journal to discuss Burrowing Owls and other wildlife mitigation in the state of Florida.
Elaine has 24 years of experience in ecological consulting and scientific studies. She has worked for the private, public and non-profit sectors. Imbruglia specializes in comprehensive environmental planning and strategic site design for large-scale projects.
Richard Dempsey, ALC, is a licensed real estate associate specializing in all types of agricultural land, citrus groves, large acreage tracts, ranches, hunting/recreational tracts, and commercial/development land. He has been associated with SVN Saunders Real Estate since 2000. Learn more about Richard.
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