Jack Barclay to discuss burrowing owls Jan. 10

December 30, 2020

The Sussex Bird Club will offer a lecture on burrowing owls by Jack Barclay at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, via Zoom.

Barclay studied burrowing owls for more than 20 years in California, observing them in the close-cropped fields near airport runways that offer good burrowing owl habitat. Barclay is a senior wildlife biologist who specializes in the biology and conservation of burrowing owls. As co-founder of Albion Environmental, he devoted his time to inventory and impact assessment of special-status wildlife species as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Prior to going to California, Barclay spent 11 years at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology as coordinator of the Peregrine Falcon reintroduction program for the eastern United States. He is partially responsible for all the peregrines that can now be seen in the east. At this time, he was a roommate to Rob Blue, Sussex Bird Club vice president of field trips. He now lives by himself in a spectacular, nine-building wooded compound in Port Angeles, Wash. He landscaped the property with about 400 kinds of dwarf conifers. He is leaving the dwarf conifer collection to the Cornell Botanic Gardens.

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