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CCFW: Report any problems heavy rains are causing for burrowing owls

By Staff | Jun 10, 2024

With the potential for heavy rains this week in Cape Coral, many in the community may be worried about the impact of flooding on burrowing owls. Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife would like to remind resdents that if they observe any problems with burrowing owls or their nests, to immediately contact CCFW at 239-980-2593 or via uts website ccfriendsofwildlife.org.

Burrowing owls are well adapted to the weather in Southwest Florida, the CCFW notes, so if flooding occurs, in most cases owls simply fly out of their burrows to a safe location until the waters recede. For example, burrowing owls in flooded areas quickly returned to their nests in the days after Hurricane Ian.

However, juvenile owls who cannot fly may be imperiled. Adult owls are known to pick up chicks and move them to higher ground in the case of flooding, the CCFW reports. If you observe this, do not attempt to rescue the owls, since the parents are better equipped to care for their young. Fortunately, it is fairly late in nesting season and most of the juvenile burrowing owls in Cape Coral have matured enough to fly.

To report an injured owl or other wildlife, contact CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) at 239-472-3644.

To report deceased wildlife or wildlife harassment, contact FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) at 888-404-3922.