|Burrowing Owl family in burrow - snuzzy.com|
|Juvenile Burrowing Owls - hawksaloft.org|
As for their status, the health of Burrowing Owl populations varies by locations. In areas with soft soils, they tend to be doing better because they can dig their own burrows. But out here, where the soils are hard and rocky, they are utterly dependent on Prairie Dogs to provide homes. This is a problem as Prairie Dog towns are continually being eradicated in Colorado and other Great Plains states. For Burrowing Owls, it's enough of a problem to place them on Colorado's Threatened Species list. Populations are diminishing, and will continue to do so until Humans decide to leave room for Prairie Dogs in this state.
|Burrowing Owl and Prairie Dog - fws.gov|