2019 Burrowing Owl Festival
17th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival
Date: February 23, 2019
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
Parking: Free-this year parking at the Westin Hotel-not on the grass.
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 Commission has given them the status of “threatened”. Harming them or the burrow is a third degree felony. They are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Act and also locally with a city ordinance.
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) has been looking after these birds for nearly a score and began holding the Burrowing Owl Festival to raise money to increase public awareness and for maintenance of their burrows.
The festival, in its 17th year, is growing larger every year, with thousands attending the one day event.
NEW this year will be Croc Encounters-hold a live alligator and get a photo. See African tortoises weighing 150 pounds. Several different types of live animals will be present.
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 of the festival favorites is the 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]. If you are interested in purchasing native butterfly plants to enhance your property, you can choose from a large variety of plants and reasonable prices.
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 put starter burrows in their front yards. Due to development, their habitat is being lost. CCFW will install one for free and teach you how to maintain it.(starter or artificial $) Citizens with burrows in their neighborhood are encouraged to attend classes to learn the correct way to approach a burrow and trim the grass.
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. Learn what owls eat.
Don’t forget to visit the silent auction-great to support the local non profit when you buy a gift.
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. Our sister 501-3c is the Cape Coral Wildlife Trust which is in the process of looking for land to acquire with burrowing owls or gopher tortoises. Lot donations preferred. Please call 239-980-2593 for questions.