13th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival
Date: February 28, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Rotary Park in Cape Coral
Address: 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, FL
Map and Directions: Click here for map and directions
Admission: A $5.00 donation is suggested, children under 16 are Free
Cape Coral Florida is home to Florida’s largest population of the Burrowing Owl. This whimsical bird has been established as the official City bird, and is one of the city’s natural resource treasures.
Habitat destruction and natural predators have impacted these birds and Florida Fish and Wildlife has given them the status of a species of special concern.
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) has been looking after these birds for nearly a decade and began holding the Burrowing Owl Festival to raise money to increase public awareness and for maintenance of their burrows.
The festival, in its 13th year, is growing larger every year, with thousands attending the one day festival.
Highlights of the festival are lectures about the Burrowing Owl and other nature orientated topics, nature hikes to observe the varied habitats and wildlife at Rotary Park, guided bus tours to observe the Burrowing Owl habitats, as well as dozens of local artists showing and selling nature related arts and crafts. Various guest speakers will be on hand to give informative talks on various wildlife topics. One of the highlights of the festival is the newly dedicated interactive butterfly tent exhibit. This exhibit was dedicated to Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife member Tom Allen, who passed away in 2010 and was the driving force in getting this butterfly exhibit built and stocked. To read more about Tom Allen, [Click Here].
There will also be demonstrations on how to install a starter burrow on your property in the hopes of attracting a Burrowing Owl to your lawn.
One of the newest programs started by CCFW is the Adopt a Burrow Program. With over 2700 owl burrows documented in the City of Cape Coral, the club is reaching out to the citizens to help keep the Burrowing Owls homes trimmed up and free of weeds. Overgrown weeds at burrow sites often lead to causing the owls to abandon the nest, and increases the risk of being killed by predators.
Citizens with burrows in their neighborhood are encouraged to attend classes to learn the correct way to approach a burrow and trim the grass. They “adopt” these burrows and care for them throughout the year.
If you are interested in purchasing native plants to enhance your property, you can choose from a large variety of plants and reasonable prices.
Looking for something for the kids to do? Bring them all out to the festival. The Kids Arts and Crafts Corner has lots of hands on activities for the kids.
Be sure and stay for lunch. Several food vendors will be on site to serve you up some great tasting food.
Come learn about all the beautiful wildlife Cape Coral and the surrounding area has to offer. All proceeds go towards the preservation and protection of our wildlife resources.