Recently, the Davie Town Council dedicated the open space at SW 26 Street and Flamingo Road for the purpose of preserving and
protecting burrowing owls. This decision was based upon the efforts of Davie Vice Mayor Susan Starkey who worked tirelessly and passionately on behalf of our feathery friends. The park is one of the first of its kind in Florida.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission lists Florida’s burrowing owls as a species of special concern. Species of special concern are those facing a moderate risk of extinction in the future. Vice Mayor Starkey initiated the effort to protect the owls, and subsequently a passive park was designated in the area where the owls had made their homes.
The park named Owl’s Lookout is home to 11 burrowing owls. With the help of over 65 participants, including students from Indian Ridge Middle School, members of Broward County, South Florida Audubon Society, Project Perch, and town staff; Vice Mayor Starkey’s project to build three artificial burrows was completed.
“My vision of maintaining this site as open space and protecting the burrowing owls is a reality, and the Davie Town Council is proud of the efforts made to create a safe environment for the owls that will be enjoyed by our residents and their children,” said the Vice Mayor.
For more information, contact the Town of Davie at 954-797-1027.
In the photo below Vice Mayor Starkey looks on as the children inspect the completed artificial burrow.