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Marco Island Burrowing Owls

The Cute Burrowing Owls of Marco Island

Meet Marco Island’s resident owls – the Burrowing Owls! Not only are these birds the owners of the cutest stern faces, but did you you also know that they are a protected species that Marco Island residents are paid to allow them on their properties?

These pint-sized Florida owls are a protected species that typically find shelter in empty urban areas and underground burrows. With Florida also being host to a generous number of storms however, these burrows are often washed away and the owls are left homeless until the island dries up.