Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife could purchase your property for the city’s official bird

May 1, 2024 | Burrowing Owls, In the News

When it came to building more homes for burrowing owls, many said on Wednesday the $900,000 Florida Fish and Wildlife’s burrowing owl protection grant is worth every dollar.

Fox 4’s Cape Coral Community Correspondent Colton Chavez met Tom and Patty Puidokas, smack dab in the middle of a Cape Coral neighborhood, where at one point, they had paid to live at.

“We were gonna build a house and we knew there was a burrow,” Patty said.

Patty said all that changed when they found out they could sell their property to the non-profit, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW), and turn it into a haven.

The grant the city will use to purchase more properties for burrowing owls was supposed to be approved at Wednesday’s city council meeting, but Cheryl Anderson said it wasn’t.

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