Looking to find out more information about the Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral? Well you have come to the right place.
Cape Coral is home to the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl in the State of Florida. Since this species of pint sized owls are only found in Florida and surrounds, by default, we have the largest population in the WORLD!
Birders and photographers come from all over the world to see and photograph them. Ever since the book Hoot, written by Carl Hiaasen has become such a hit with the younger generation, children from all over are getting to see the star of the book, the Burrowing Owl, up close and personal.
The biggest question I get is
When Can I See the Owls and Where ARE they????
When can you see the owls? The Florida Burrowing Owls do not migrate, so adults can be seen all year round. During the summer months, you will see individual owls, and pairs that have survived from the previous year. Come Fall and early Winter, the unattached owls start looking for mates. Nesting season officially began in mid-February and lasts through mid-July, so typically chicks are seen in late April through early summer and by late summer they are fully grown. Occasionally, if you are lucky, you can see chicks as early as December, but this is not a usual occurrence.
As for where can you see the owls, Cape Coral is 100 square miles in size, has 400 miles of canals, and 2800 Burrowing Owl burrows. If you drive all around town, and look hard enough, you will probably come across a occupied burrow. But forewarned, you are going to get very lost and very frustrated as nearly every street in Cape Coral ends at a canal. Not to mention that the little owls blend in very well with the sandy soil and vegetation we have. (see photo below)
(Can you see the Burrowing Owl in this photo????)
Your second option is to go to the City of Cape Coral website for a free map of Burrowing Owl locations. This map was produced in 2005 (yes, over 10 years ago), and the sites have been over stressed by so many visitors, to the point that you may or may not see owls at these locations. This site is, however, is a good place to print out a simple map of the city to help you navigate around.
Your other option is to take a guided tour to see the Burrowing Owls. For more information on these informative and fun private to semi-private tours go to the Burrowing Owl Tour Information page.