Ms. Colbert conducted a burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia floridana) survey at JC Bermudez Park in the City of Doral. Three burrowing owls utilizing five active burrows were observed during the survey. The City of Doral is proposing to develop the park by adding a football stadium, an aquatic center, sports fields and other amenities. The nest locations were GPS recorded and a permit for nest relocation to accommodate the Parks proposed construction project was obtained from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Ms. Colbert evaluated each of the burrows under consideration, looked for obvious signs of nesting activity (such as burrow decoration), scoped the burrows to evaluate evidence of occupation, eggs or young. The review confirmed that the burrows were inactive. Each burrow was then carefully excavated, and collapsed without incident. Park personnel were present to complete the site reclamation (e.g., grading, topsoil, and sod) once the burrow collapses were successfully completed.