While you’re exploring Saskatchewan this long weekend, you are urged to keep an eye out for little creatures who tend to move about less-travelled roads.
Especially the Burrowing Owl.
This endangered species has been spotted leaving their nests and have started to perch on lookouts.
Kaytlyn Burrows, Habitat Stewardship Coordinator at Nature Saskatchewan says there have been sightings in a few areas of the province.
“So we’ve had sightings as far north as Mefort and the North Battleford area,” Burrows said. “And some in the southeast around Estevan. Some even around Regina. And then southwest Saskatchewan is a really sort of a hot spot for Burrowing Owls, and most other species-at-risk.”
Burrows, says despite a dwindling number of the species, people are still finding the little owls.
“The summer time here in Saskatchewan is a critical time in their lifespan,” Burrows said. “They breed here in Canada. Then they migrate down to southern Texas and Mexico for the winter.”
Burrows says a couple of eagle-eyed photographers have managed to capture some images of the owls this season.
“One of them was taken by a volunteer for Nature Saskatchewan,” Burrows said. “That was taken at a successful Burrowing Owl nest. And the other one was on one of our Operation Burrowing Owl participant’s land.”
“If you see a Burrowing Owl, please give us a call on our toll-free Hoot Line, at 1-800-667-HOOT (4668),” Burrows mentions. “You will be helping to monitor the population and aid with conservation efforts.”
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Burrows says southwest Saskatchewan is a hot spot for Burrowing Owls, and most other species-at-risk as that is where Grassland National Park is located.