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UnDisciplined: what makes burrowing owls choose to stay when they’ve been relocated?

What kind of creature has golden yellow eyes, flies, and lives in the ground? This week on Undisciplined we’re talking about burrowing owls. These birds have a wide range, but they’ve suffered from human development changing their habitat. However, a group of researchers have studied the relocation of these birds and have interesting insights on how to successfully find them new places to live.

At the time this research was conducted, Dr. Sarah Hennessy was a postdoc and researcher at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Currently she is an Associate Ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service.

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Ellis Juhlin is a science reporter here at Utah Public Radio and a Master's Student at Utah State. She studies Ferruginous Hawk nestlings and the factors that influence their health. She loves our natural world and being part of wildlife research. Now, getting to communicate that kind of research to the UPR listeners through this position makes her love what she does even more. In her free time, you can find her outside on a trail with her partner Matt and her goofy pups Dodger and Finley. They love living in a place where there are year-round adventures to be had!