Covering Up a Burrowing Owl Burrow

Did you know that it is against the law to cover up a Burrowing Owl burrow? The Burrowing Owl is Federally protected by U.S. Laws pertaining to Migratory Species. If you are thinking about doing anything that could destroy a burrow, or cover up a burrow with dirt, possibly killing the owl inside, think twice as this is against Federal law.

While the Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral do not migrate, they are still covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. You cannot *take” [sic]  pursue, hunt, capture, molest, or kill,buy, sell or barter any bird listed in this treaty.

Unless you have a special permit, you are not even allowed to possess feathers from these birds (or any other bird for that matter).

Any other body parts, nests, eggs or any products related to these birds is also prohibited. Ever pick up a feather from the ground and put it in your hat? You could get arrested if that feather is from a Federally protected bird.

Destruction of a nest, or eggs is illegal. By deliberately closing up a nest or even by accidently destroying a nest could get you jail time.

So before you even think about closing up a Burrowing Owl burrow on your property, weigh the consequences of possible jail time.

If you are concerned that you can’t build a home in Cape Coral if there is a Burrowing Owl living on it, read these articles. It is a win-win situation for the owl and the homeowner.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission guidelines

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