On July 28, 2014 we held an educational outreach class at the IC Farm Bureau conference
room. Funding for this class came from a grant made possible by the Burrowing Owl Stewardship and Education Fund held at the Imperial Valley Community Foundation.
Marie Barrett, Al Kalin, Ivan Soto and I had several meetings to determine how we could educate people about the burrowing owl. We came up with this class for the farmers; tomorrow we will be installing an artificial burrow at the UC extension in Holtville, as well as a little something for the children.
A BUOW informational pamphlet has been printed by the Imperial County Farm Bureau.
We will install a camera in and outside an artificial BUOW burrow. The cameras will record the Burrowing Owls actions and the feed will be broadcast on the schools intranet for the children to watch and learn. We will be going into the fourth grade classes and presenting on what they are watching.
Extended Education credits are available for PCA/PCO/QAL/QAC and private applicator continuing education hours. You will receive 1.5 hrs. of law; .5 hours of aerial hours and 1.0 hrs of Other for a total of 3 hrs for today’s class. Tomorrow attendance will be worth 2.0 hrs of Other. We will meet at the Farm Advisor’s Office at 7 AM tomorrow for the artificial BUOW burrow installation at the UC Meloland Extension.
The presenters have given us their presentations given at the Farm Class and they are available below.