Five Burrowing Owls Return to Berkeley Marina, but Future Remains Uncertain

Credits: Ashok Khosla

In August 2010, an $100,000 art installation went in at the Berkeley Marina’s Cesar Chavez Park designed in part to protect the few burrowing owls that overwinter there every year. Project backers meant no harm, and the artists made every effort to accommodate and safeguard the tiny birds. Still, we’ve been a bit skeptical things would work out; if the treasured owls were already returning to the site every year, why mess with it?