Prewett Park Burrowing Owl Preserve
Because the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network was founded by residents of Antioch, we have a special kinship with our community's owls and interest in their preservation. Additionally, this is more than just a connection to Antioch's wildlife and open spaces, but a commitment to maintaining the aesthetics of the city, increasing conservation education and bringing people together for the betterment of the community.
The Prewett Park Burrowing Owl Habitat Preserve is a big victory for Burrowing Owls in suburban environments and serves as a model for other communities.
The allocation and development of this 24-acre Burrowing Owl preserve was spearheaded by Dee Vieira, BOCN's East County Program Manager. Under an agreement with the City of Antioch, Burrowing Owl Conservation Network has permission to undertake habitat enhancement projects and has been allocated space in the community center to develop an education program.
We need your help to make our goals a reality for the Prewett Park Burrowing Owl Habitat Preserve. If you would like to make a donation specifically towards our Prewett Park project, please indicate so when sending a check or in the comment box when donating online.
Our goals for the Prewett Park Preserve include:
Community Outreach and Education
- Design and create a Burrowing Owl ecosystem diorama to be on display in the Antioch Community Center.
- Incorporate an educational display that will combine video, still photos, facts and information designed to introduce the species to the public and educate visitors about burrowing owls.
- Expand educational activities to include guest speakers and screenings of burrowing owl documentaries and/or movies.
Burrowing Owl Habitat
- Help ensure suitability of the preserve, monitor owls and maintain artificial burrows.
- Installation of interpretive signs.
- Wildlife and burrow cameras retrieved or transmitted wirelessly for display on a kiosk at the Community Center's educational display.
- Implement a program by which young are banded annually.
- Utilize nearby high school science students for gathering data on food, predation and reproductive success of resident/migratory owls.