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Owl, Burrowing  | Athene cunicularia

Status: Endangered

Last Examination and Change: April 2006 (No Change)

Canadian Occurrence: BC, AB, SK, MB

Status Criteria: A2bc; C1

Owl, Burrowing

Reason for Designation: This grassland owl has suffered significant declines across its North American range; Canadian populations declined 90% in the 1990s and the species is essentially extirpated from British Columbia and Manitoba. This population decline slowed somewhat between 1994 and 2004, but remained at approximately 57%. The true cause or causes of this widespread decline remain unknown.

Status History: Designated Threatened in April 1979. Status re-examined and confirmed in April 1991. Status re-examined and designated Endangered in April 1995. Status re-examined and confirmed in May 2000 and in April 2006.

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