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Volunteers Needed to Count Cape Coral Burrowing Owls

The Cape Coral community is invited to help count the burrowing owl population.

The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife are looking to find out how many of these owls live in the Cape. They need a large number of volunteers to do so.

Volunteers will work in teams of two to survey assigned plots of land for owls and their burrows.

“They will be driving around and recording whatever they see. They will use binoculars and they will also GPS the points that there are burrows without approaching the burrows from the road because the owls are still nesting,” Honey Phillips, the senior recreation specialist with the City of Cape Coral, said.

The event will be on June 9 at 7:30 a.m., starting at Rotary Park.

Burrowing owls are a threatened species and they think the population will start to decline.

“The next step from threatened is endangered,” Phillips said. “So we don’t want to see these little guys disappear from Florida. They are really important to our ecotourism and they are adorable.”

The organization estimates they have over 3,000 birds in Cape Coral.

Additional reporting by Tianna Jenkins

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