At SJC we have secured 84 acres of infield areas which are a home to a resident population of Western Burrowing Owls, a California Species of Special Concern.
The Burrowing Owl is one of the smallest and unique species of owls, growing to a height of approximately 9 inches, weighing about 4 oz., and living in underground burrows. We have a wildlife management program that actively manages the Western Burrowing Owls within the infield areas to ensure the ongoing safety of both the burrowing owls and aviation operations. The owls are banded at a young age, with a specific code that allows biologists to observe owls into adulthood.
For more information on Burrowing Owls, please visit the
City of San Jose website.