# Burrowing owl in Grasslands National Park: critical habitat description

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as endangered. The Burrowing Owl is a small, brownish owl that has bright yellow eyes, a rounded head (i.e. no ear tufts), a short tail, and noticeably long legs. Critical habitat for the Burrowing Owl is identified within the final Recovery Strategy for the species as the limits of the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colonies in Canada based on their boundaries mapped in 2007.

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, critical habitat of the Burrowing Owl in Grasslands National Park of Canada is described as areas within the boundaries of the black-tailed prairie dog colonies (perimeters delimited by concentration of burrows and decrease in vegetation height) within the following 12 sites excluding any land covered by water, roads and associated ditches, and parking areas. All coordinates refer to the North American Datum of 1983, UTM Zone 13. Site numbers are based on the unique Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) species identification number for the Burrowing Owl (20), and critical habitat parcel number. Further details regarding Burrowing Owl critical habitat (including a map) can be found in the Recovery Strategy at the Species at Risk Public Registry Web site.

## Site 20_1

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 13, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5449344 metres and Easting 305464 metres;

Thence, 17 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449481 metres and Easting 305506 metres;

Thence, 62 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449699 metres and Easting 305910 metres;

Thence, 128 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449400 metres and Easting 306287 metres;

Thence, 179 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449038 metres and Easting 306294 metres;

Thence, 266 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449017 metres and Easting 305980 metres;

Thence, 302 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_2

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 13, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5448442 metres and Easting 307783 metres;

Thence, 90 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448442 metres and Easting 307983 metres;

Thence, 145 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447807 metres and Easting 308427 metres;

Thence, 185 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446561 metres and Easting 308307 metres;

Thence, 86 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446577 metres and Easting 308574 metres;

Thence, 162 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446242 metres and Easting 308683 metres;

Thence, 270 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446239 metres and Easting 307550 metres;

Thence, 6 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_3

Being all that parcel of land in Townships 2 and 3, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5450030 metres and Easting 312789 metres;

Thence, 319 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450202 metres and Easting 312642 metres;

Thence, 347 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450449 metres and Easting 312584 metres;

Thence, 96 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450418 metres and Easting 312874 metres;

Thence, 140 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450077 metres and Easting 313159 metres;

Thence, 200 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449952 metres and Easting 313115 metres;

Thence, 283 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_4

Being all that parcel of land in Township 3, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5451774 metres and Easting 309294 metres;

Thence, 85 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451842 metres and Easting 310094 metres;

Thence, 124 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451505 metres and Easting 310585 metres;

Thence, 94 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451436 metres and Easting 311547 metres;

Thence, 191 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450518 metres and Easting 311364 metres;

Thence, 269 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450494 metres and Easting 310418 metres;

Thence, 253 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450242 metres and Easting 309594 metres;

Thence, 311 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5450626 metres and Easting 309150 metres;

Thence, 7 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_5

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5448854 metres and Easting 310371 metres;

Thence, 3 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449300 metres and Easting 310396 metres;

Thence, 97 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449238 metres and Easting 310919 metres;

Thence, 35 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449379 metres and Easting 311018 metres;

Thence, 90 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449379 metres and Easting 311282 metres;

Thence, 152 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449224 metres and Easting 311366 metres;

Thence, 102 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449133 metres and Easting 311804 metres;

Thence, 196 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448194 metres and Easting 311531 metres;

Thence, 261 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448157 metres and Easting 311296 metres;

Thence, 328 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448384 metres and Easting 311152 metres;

Thence, 261 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448242 metres and Easting 310294 metres;

Thence, 344 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448805 metres and Easting 310136 metres;

Thence, 78 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_6

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 13, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5448039 metres and Easting 309083 metres;

Thence, 103 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447942 metres and Easting 309494 metres;

Thence, 189 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447693 metres and Easting 309456 metres;

Thence, 259 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447642 metres and Easting 309194 metres;

Thence, 173 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447089 metres and Easting 309260 metres;

Thence, 269 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447083 metres and Easting 308923 metres;

Thence, 336 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447464 metres and Easting 308754 metres;

Thence, 233 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447342 metres and Easting 308594 metres;

Thence, 2 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447772 metres and Easting 308606 metres;

Thence, 61 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_7

Being all that parcel of land in Township 3, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5452511 metres and Easting 313162 metres;

Thence, 309 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5452647 metres and Easting 312996 metres;

Thence, 3 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5453203 metres and Easting 313028 metres;

Thence, 76 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5453303 metres and Easting 313433 metres;

Thence, 164 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5452929 metres and Easting 313538 metres;

Thence, 222 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_8

Being all that parcel of land in Townships 2 and 3, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5449044 metres and Easting 316291 metres;

Thence, 300 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449374 metres and Easting 315726 metres;

Thence, 8 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449613 metres and Easting 315761 metres;

Thence, 89 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449620 metres and Easting 316303 metres;

Thence, 16 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449947 metres and Easting 316399 metres;

Thence, 83 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449970 metres and Easting 316583 metres;

Thence, 121 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449786 metres and Easting 316887 metres;

Thence, 189 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449420 metres and Easting 316829 metres;

Thence, 208 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448948 metres and Easting 316580 metres;

Thence, 288 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_9

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5449042 metres and Easting 318294 metres;

Thence, 90 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449042 metres and Easting 318495 metres;

Thence, 135 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448898 metres and Easting 318639 metres;

Thence, 195 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448342 metres and Easting 318494 metres;

Thence, 274 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5448357 metres and Easting 318294 metres;

Thence, 360 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_10

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5446196 metres and Easting 317498 metres;

Thence, 47 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446554 metres and Easting 317879 metres;

Thence, 2 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447058 metres and Easting 317894 metres;

Thence, 72 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5447158 metres and Easting 318194 metres;

Thence, 154 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446506 metres and Easting 318506 metres;

Thence, 214 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5446180 metres and Easting 318284 metres;

Thence, 149 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5445267 metres and Easting 318824 metres;

Thence, 185 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444878 metres and Easting 318792 metres;

Thence, 129 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444558 metres and Easting 319194 metres;

Thence, 180 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444358 metres and Easting 319194 metres;

Thence, 276 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444433 metres and Easting 318459 metres;

Thence, 233 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444158 metres and Easting 318094 metres;

Thence, 295 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5444441 metres and Easting 317474 metres;

Thence, 23 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5445688 metres and Easting 318014 metres;

Thence, 315 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_11

Being all that parcel of land in Township 2, Range 10, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5442956 metres and Easting 331982 metres;

Thence, 295 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5443088 metres and Easting 331702 metres;

Thence, 10 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5443337 metres and Easting 331745 metres;

Thence, 108 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5443152 metres and Easting 332303 metres;

Thence, 185 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5442970 metres and Easting 332285 metres;

Thence, 267 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

## Site 20_12

Being all that parcel of land in Township 1, Range 10, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5431441 metres and Easting 334528 metres;

Thence, 270 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431441 metres and Easting 334333 metres;

Thence, 2 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431851 metres and Easting 334350 metres;

Thence, 108 in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431755 metres and Easting 334641 metres;

Thence, 200 in a straight line to the point of commencement.

July 20, 2012

KATHERINE PATTERSON

Superintendent

South Saskatchewan Field Unit

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