Burrowing Owl Conservation Network (Berkeley, CA)


  • Name:Mrs. Heather Artis
  • Title:Education & Outreach Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Burrowing Owl Conservation Network
  • Address:2150 Allston Way
    Suite 460
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:925-240-3399
  • Main fax:(510) 859-9091

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:PO Box 894
    Visalia, CA 93279
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:559-372-9499

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • To protect and restore Burrowing Owls and their habitats to prevent loss, foster healthy populations, and maintain intact natural communities for an ecologically sound future.

  • Overview:
  • Burrowing Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) has developed and implemented conservation, education and outreach programs to address and facilitate long-term solutions for Burrowing Owls. Our ongoing projects have been successful in re-establishing, preserving and increasing Burrowing Owls; utilizing strategies such as habitat restoration, construction of artificial burrows (underground owl boxes) and building permanent Burrowing Owl preserves on private and public lands. Preserving essential habitat in California aids the entire North American population.

    Since 2008, we have been monitoring and actively protecting Western Burrowing Owls in California. With experiences over the last decade spanning biological and environmental sciences, nonprofit management and grassroots conservation efforts, our Team has been successfully conserving and advocating for Burrowing Owls. Additionally, our staff is complemented by an exceptional advisory board that includes Burrowing Owl and program experts from academia to a national nonprofit organization, and has the administrative support and guidance of Earth Island Institute, a global nonprofit institution with a 30 year track record and excellent reputation.

    Although our primary focus is California, our projects have received national attention and through media coverage, our website and other outreach programs, we assist and provide information to individuals of all ages and organizations throughout North America.

    Our staff and organization have successfully facilitated burrowing owl conservation including the following examples:

    • The creation of the 24-acre Prewett Park Burrowing Owl Habitat Preserve (Antioch, CA); representing the first such preserve in Contra Costa County
    • Established agreements with cities to develop community center burrowing owl education programs, dioramas and maintain habitats
    • Setup landowner agreements providing an opportunity to protect critical habitat and install more than 150 artificial burrows in California and Oregon.
    • Partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an ongoing burrowing owl habitat restoration and artificial burrow project in Eastern Oregon that has resulted in the increase of breeding pairs from two in 2008 to more than 65 pairs in 2012. This project will serve as a model for projects in California.

    Burrowing Owl Conservation Network is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization that acts as an incubator for start-up environmental projects, giving crucial assistance to groups and individuals with new ideas for promoting conservation and sustainability. Earth Island Institute provides administration and finance services, liability insurance, program and organization development, fundraising assistance, leadership development, and outreach and publicity; crucial components to help us complete annual objectives, achieve project growth, and obtain long-term. As a project of Earth Island Institute we are responsible for raising and securing all our own funding.

  • History:
  • Burrowing Owl Conservation Network began as group of dedicated birders, conservationists, biologists, and concerned citizens who came together for the protection and restoration of local burrowing owls and their habitats.

    Known as the Friends of East Bay Owls, we began our journey to increase conservation efforts for burrowing owls in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Over time, the situation evolved from a local effort to a California- and North American -wide movement focused on restoring habitat, increasing populations and reaching out to communities for the benefit of burrowing owls and ecosystems.

    Over the last 30 years the western burrowing owl has been under siege from habitat loss in Canada, Mexico and the United States. It was once described as a common species known to almost all California residents, but over time populations have dwindled and in some regions been driven to extinction. We believe burrowing owls are vital to maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems.
    We aim to reverse a trend that currently promotes extirpation of the Western Burrowing Owl and establish a plan by which municipalities embrace Burrowing Owls and Sustainable Development for the benefit of open spaces, wildlife, people and ecosystems. We will strive to achieve this through:

    - Educating communities, performing on-the-ground conservation work, garnering land owner cooperation, championing progressive burrowing owl and habitat management policies and laws, increasing scientific research, and fostering appreciation.

    - A continual effort to expand our programs, develop publications and establish a website that serves as a complete Burrowing Owl resource for people of all ages.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-2889684

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942889684
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2150 ALLSTON WAY STE 460
  • Organization City:BERKELEY
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94704-1375
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):120, 350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Publishing activities, Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$10,715,975
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$11,347,792
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$11,222,807
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:25:45 pm

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