Western Burrowing Owl Workshop 2015

Western Burrowing Owl Workshop 2015 program image

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural history, habitat needs, effective preservation, and implementation of agency requirements for western burrowing owl conservation.  


Friday, August 14, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Michaels at Shoreline
Mountain View
Lunch will be provided

COST: $250.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)


Instructor Information

Dr. Lynne Trulio
Department Chair, Environmental Studies
San Jose State


Grey Hayes



See also: Burrowing Owl, Maintaining Biodiversity



On August 14, 2015 Dr. Lynne Trulio will present a workshop on the ecology and conservation of the western burrowing owl, (Athene cunicularia hypugaea).  Her research in the South San Francisco Bay region has focused on the ecology and recovery of this species.  Dr. Trulio is a researcher and professor at San Jose State University and has published numerous papers on the effects of human impact on the species, as well as the general ecology and management for the species.


This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural history, habitat needs, effective management, and implementation of agency requirements for burrowing owl conservation.  Workshop information will be useful for gaining basic knowledge about the ecology of the species as well as related information about conservation planning, meeting CEQA and other regulatory requirements, and for outreach to the public.


Workshop format


The workshop consists of a daytime classroom session, Friday August 14, 2015, 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m., and enrollment in either one of two field training sessions, either Friday August 14, 4:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. (immediately after the classroom portion) or Saturday August 15, 7:30a.m.-11:30a.m (the next morning). Both the classroom and the field components of the workshop take place at Shoreline Golf Course.


Workshop objectives


  • Increase understanding of the biology of burrowing owl
  • Increase understanding of habitat management for this species
  • Increase understanding of improved local and large-scale conservation planning efforts


Topics discussed


  • Basic biology
  • Identification
  • Distribution/movement
  • Habitat requirements
  • Threats
  • Survey methods
  • Methods for assessing potential project impacts and approaches for avoidance and minimization.
  • Management and regulatory requirements


Field training practicum


During the field visit, participants will learn:

  • To distinguish burrows of different species
  • To identify a burrowing owl in the field
  • Key characteristics of breeding and wintering habitat
  • The basics of surveying for burrowing owls
  • Benefits/drawbacks of various field methods


This component can give participants only a brief introduction to the requirements and difficulties of field surveying and cannot be viewed as adequate preparation for undertaking burrowing owl surveys to satisfy agency requirements.


***Very Important***


It is important to note that no component of this workshop should be construed to apply to attendee’s ability to obtain permits for western burrowing owl; if you are interested in how workshop activities might be used for permitting, you are encouraged to contact your agency permitting representative.


Payment Deadline and Registration Details


5 p.m. July 21 is the deadline for both payment and registration 


We do not allow 3rd party registration - please do not register anyone but yourself.


If you cancel prior to July 21, 5 p.m., we will refund any registration fees minus a $50 processing fee.  We cannot refund registration fees for cancellation after this date however, please let us know if you cannot attend, so we can allow others the opportunity to register.  If you pre-register and do not pay by July 21, 5 p.m., we cannot guarantee you a spot as our waiting list tends to be quite long.  You cannot substitute your registration for another, even in your own organization.  We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event should we receive insufficient registration by July 24; in that event, we will remit full refunds.


After you register, please email Grant Lyon grant@elkhornslough.org your preference for the field training component.  While we cannot guarantee your preference, we will do what we can to meet your desires.  To make the field component work well, we must make difficult decisions in splitting the group into two, maximizing the teacher:student ratio.  We will notify you of your assigned field training date by July 28.



Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

Burrowing Owl Bibliography
PDF, 138KB
Lynne Trulio

July 2016
Presentation: Western Burrowing Owl Workshop
PDF, 8.6MB
Lynne Trulio
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
August 2015
An analysis of spatial clustering and implications for wildlife management - a burrowing owl example
PDF, 163KB
Fisher, JB, LA Trulio, GS Biging, and D Chromczak
Environmental Management 39: 403-411
Comparison of detection probability associated with burrowing owl survey methods
PDF, 217KB
Conway, CJ and JC Simon
Journal of Wildlife Management 67(3): 501–511
Distribution and abundance of western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in southeastern California
Wilkerson, RL and RB Siegel
The Southwestern Naturalist 56(3): 378-384
Passive relocation - a method to preserve burrowing owls on disturbed sites
PDF, 566KB
Trulio, LA
Journal of Field Ornithology 66(1): 99-106
The diet of western burrowing owls in an urban landscape
PDF, 124KB
Trulio, L and P Higgins
Western North American Naturalist 72(3): 348-356
Burrowing owl habitat management plan - evaluation of impacts to burrowing owls for the NASA Ames development plan
PDF, 3.7MB
Trulio, L
NASA Ames Development Plan
Burrowing owl nesting success in urban and parkland sites in northern California
PDF, 358KB
Trulio, LA and D Chromczak
California Burrowing Owl Symposium, 1-15
Notes on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
Proceedings of the California Burrowing Owl Symposium (Front matter and Table of Contents)
Barclay, JH, KW Hunting, JL Lincer, J Linthicum, and TA Roberts (eds)
Bird Populations Monographs No. 1, Institute for Bird Populations/Albion Environmental Inc.
Staff Report on Burrowing Owl Mitigation
PDF, 116KB
State of California Natural Resources Agency Department of Fish and Game

Study of waterbirds response to trail use in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
PDF, 2.6MB
Trulio, L, J Sokale, and K Lafferty,

December 5, 2008
The ecology of the burrowing owl in California: A synthesis of demographic and space use studies
PDF, 10.6MB
Rosenberg, DK, L.A Trulio, D Catlin, D Chromczack, JA Gervais, N Ronan, and KA Haley.
Unpublished report to Bureau of Land Management.

Questions and Answers

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