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Will you be the first one to see baby owlets emerge from their burrow? 

Burrowing Owls

Did you know that Broward County is home to many Burrowing Owls, a species currently listed as a "species of special concern"? Now you can enjoy these endearing animals from the comfort of your desktop or laptop through the Burrowing Owl Cam, a 24/7 live webcast.

NatureScape Broward recently collaborated with Broward County Schools, Birding Adventures, Project Perch and South Florida Audubon Society to install a web camera at an undisclosed school location in Broward County to provide a sneak peek into the colony and raise awareness of burrowing owls and their habitat.

Fast Owl Facts:

  • Burrowing Owls are pint-sized birds that live in open, treeless areas.
  • They spend most of their time on the ground, where their sandy brown plumage provides camouflage from potential predators.
  • Burrowing Owls are most active at dawn and dusk ,so mornings and late afternoons are the best time to view them.
  • The male usually stands guard at the entrance while the female spends more time below.

Hatchlings emerge from the burrow when they are two weeks old and will remain with their parents until they are 12 weeks old. They use burrows year-round for roosting during the winter and raising young during the breeding season, February through July. Babies should be born any day!
 
To see the owls live, visit Birding Adventures.