Burrowing Owl Nominated as Audubon California’s 2012 Bird of the Year

by Larry Jordan on October 23, 2012

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) photos by Larry Jordan

In an effort to raise awareness about bird conservation in California, Audubon California this year will again recognize their Bird of the Year. And while they selected the seven finalists for the award, you the public will have the final say. I implore everyone to go to the Audubon California Bird of the Year page and vote for my favorite bird, the Burrowing Owl. Click on photos for full sized images.

If we all vote several times for the Burrowing Owl, perhaps it will get enough votes to be declared the 2012 Bird of the Year.

This Species of Special Concern has been declining for many years and unless we make things change, I fear that they may disappear in California in my lifetime.

Winning the “Bird of the Year” designation would surely cast some much needed light on the plight of the Burrowing Owl and perhaps, change its destiny.

Please take a few minutes to go to the Audubon California website and vote for the Burrowing Owl. I would love you for it and so would they!

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Mia McPherson October 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

Larry, I truly hope that the Burrowing Owl does win and becomes the California Audubon’s 2012 Bird of the Year, we need to learn more about and protect this amazing owls species.

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EG CameraGirl , Canada October 23, 2012 at 7:46 am

OH! I hope the Burrowing Owl wins!

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TexWisGirl October 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

they are wonderful birds! such character!

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I'd Rather B Birdin [Anni] October 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Sweet!!! Pure sweetness and delight. Fantastic images. It’s got MY vote.

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Adam Jones October 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Fantastic looking owls and lovely shots.

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Boom & Gary October 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Great series Larry!! On the Siskins, Boreal berry production was poor this year because of a lack of rain. Even in my transition forest the same is true. You should see lots of Siskens, Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks . Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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Rohrerbot October 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Just did it!!! Such cool birds!

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Mick October 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

A great series of photos and a very special bird.

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Eileen October 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I just love these cute owls. They are adorable. Wonderful photos and post, Larry!

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Stewart M October 24, 2012 at 1:00 am

What a great bird – I’d love to see them in the wild. I be in touch when I visit!!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M – Australia

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Pat October 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Such cute little owls!

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Mary Howell Cromer October 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

Done, and I hope the Burrowing Owls not only do well in the contest, but with their need for lands and safety~

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