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Over 100 burrowing owls released in Canadian wild
The owls are head-started and released as breeding pairs
The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is celebrating the release of over 100 burrowing owls in the wild. A conservation team recently released 20 owls into a field in Suffield, Alberta, bringing their total to 119.
“Every one of them counts, which is why 100 is such an exciting milestone,” Graham Dixon-MacCallum, conservation research population ecologist with the zoo, told the CBC.
The burrowing owl is listed as endangered in Canada, due to loss of grasslands, a reduction in prey populations and other factors. Since 2016, the zoo has been head-starting owls in captivity and releasing them as breeding pairs into artificial burrows in the wild.
Read more from the CBC, and watch the world from the owls’ perspective below.