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Burrowing owls will be topic for Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

This photo from Aug. 2013 shows a juvenile burrowing owl at Seal Beach. Burrowing owls, which also live in the desert, will be the topic of Kurt Leuschner’s Feb. 15, 2024, program for the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society. (File Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
This photo from Aug. 2013 shows a juvenile burrowing owl at Seal Beach. Burrowing owls, which also live in the desert, will be the topic of Kurt Leuschner’s Feb. 15, 2024, program for the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society. (File Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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Kurt Leuschner, a professor of natural resources at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, will present “Wonderful Burrowing Owls of the Desert” when the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Redlands Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave.

Leuschner, who teaches courses on conservation, entomology, field ornithology, native plants, desert ecology and GPS navigation at College of the Desert, also teaches courses on birdwatching, insects and more for UCR Extension, the Desert Institute, the Desert Studies Center and the Living Desert, according to a news release.

His most recent research project involved the sound recording of the various subspecies of North American scrub jays.

In his program for the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society, Leuschner will discuss the natural history and conservation of burrowing owls. The fringes of the Coachella Valley and around the Salton Sea are among the places where burrowing owls live.

The program is free and open to the public.

For information about the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society, go to .

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