The Florida burrowing owl lives primarily in peninsular Florida and is the only burrowing owl east of the Mississippi River. As one of 57 species in the Imperiled Species Management Plan, the burrowing owl has a species action plan that describes its biology, habitats and the FWC’s goals and actions for conserving this threatened species. Where once the burrowing owl’s habitat was native dry prairies, today this owl is as likely to be found living on golf courses, school and airport grounds, and in vacant lots. They dig their own burrows, but also may move into the burrows of other species like the gopher tortoise or occasionally inhabit manmade structures such as pipes and drains.
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