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Burrowing Owl Facts



Our Mission

  • To increase awareness and communication among federal, state, tribal, and private organizations and reduce the risk of Burrowing Owl declines throughout the state through research and education.

  • To provide a source by which historical and current status on the Burrowing Owl can be documented and

  • To provide resources on the ecology, distribution, and management of Burrowing Owls on private and public lands.

  • To involve citizens in monitoring owls, and their habitat, in order to increase the awareness of the Burrowing Owl.




  • Facilitate communication and information exchange among working group members

  • Increase awareness and appreciation within federal, state, and private organizations of Burrowing Owl management issues and decision-making processes.

  • Increase knowledge of Burrowing Owl populations throughout the state



  • Provide regular communication among members of the New Mexico Burrowing Owl Working Group interested in Burrowing Owl management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, specialty publications, and other means.

  • Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of Burrowing Owl management.

  • Develop a 2 year Statewide Burrowing Owl survey to determine the status of Burrowing Owl populations throughout the state


Who We Are:

  • The New Mexico Burrowing Owl Working Group is a partnership of non-profit organizations, government agencies, private enterprises, and individuals with a common goal of promoting Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)awareness and conservation in our state. Concerned over apparent local population declines in New Mexico, the group was formed in 2001 as a means of sharing data and information amoung researchers, agencies, and the public.


How Can You Help?:

  • Your observations can improve our knowledge of general distribution and help us protect Burrowing Owls.

  • Volunteer monitoring can also provide and indication of local population trends.
  • To report sightings click here