All posts by Glenna

Wildlife biologist in Imperial County.

BUOW Educational Day at Salton Sea

Barrett’s Biological Surveys assisted in writing a grant awarded by the Imperial Valley Community Foundation for Burrowing Owl education for third graders held at the Salton Sea on March 30-31, 2017.

Local third graders from the Dogwood School were bused to the Salton Sea to learn about local wildlife, bird watching, and burrowing owls on Friday March 31, 2017.
Along with the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge staff, local retired teachers involved with PEO, both came out to help educate the children.
Linda and Matthew explained the different types of shore birds they were seeing at the sea. They also taught the children how to properly use and take care of the binoculars.

IVEDC Energy Summit in March 2017

Marie and I were fortunate to participate in the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation’s tenth annual Energy Summit held at the Imperial Palms Resort in Holtville, CA this year. Barrett’s Biological Surveys set up our table in the expo area and met quite a few contacts, reconnected with old friends, and sat in on some interesting panels.


Marie was able to put together a beautiful quilt to raffle off to a lucky winner, after leaving a business card at our table.  We had a BUOW artificial burrow on display as well as a beautiful collage of wildlife viewed in Imperial County.


Meredith Garcia with IVEDC won the drawing for the quilt!  If anyone is interested in purchasing one, I know who makes them!

Written by Glenna Barrett

BUOW Grant Farm Class

On July 28, 2014 we held an educational outreach class at the IC Farm Bureau conference

Class is in session!
Class is in session!

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.

Installing the artificial burrow.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.

Farm Class Agenda






Presentation at BUOW Symposium in Pasco, WA

Marie presenting in Pasco, WA


Marie, our associate Shawna, and I, all attended the 4th Annual BUOW Symposium in February 3-7, 2014. I learned a lot of what is going on in other areas with the BUOW. Marie presented and we will all get credit for contributing to the publication the Global Owl Project will be printing. It was a fantastic experience and learning opportunity. I highly recommend keeping an eye on the Global Owl Project and being an active participant!

-Glenna Barrett

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