ANTIOCH -- Local organizers of the Prewett Park Burrowing Owl Habitat Preserve have been working to come up with creative ideas to build a display that will help people understand the life of the small but mighty burrowing owl. Their latest idea to raise money is to take advantage of the current craze of crowd funding.

The group called the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network has set up an account on one of the crowd funding websites called fundly.com. The site allows people from all over the world to see what the project is and then donate money if they appreciate the cause.

"We're hoping people will take a look at the fundly.com site and learn more about the burrowing owls and hopefully donate," said Dee Vieira, one of the helping hands in the project.

In the few weeks the project has been posted on the site there hasn't been much activity, but Vieira hopes that if the local people start hearing about the ideas they have for the display at the preserve and where they can go to donate, they will give the project a chance. Donations can be made in small increments of $25 and can go up to $2,500.

The idea formed two years ago when organizers decided that it would be of interest to those who came to the Preserve to see how the burrowing owls live and react to the local ecosystem in their natural habitat.


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The fundly project is just one of the ways the group has been trying to raise money for a burrowing owl diorama. The project will cost an estimated $25,000. Currently the group has raised just over $3,000.

"Funding has been sluggish so far," Vieira said. "We are wondering if it is because we are being too specific with just doing something on the burrowing owl or should be doing something that includes the whole ecosystem."

The group is working with Scientific Art Studios of Richmond, which will help design the diorama. Scientific Art Studios is the same group that designed and built the 3-D map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Oakley that is embedded into the ground by the shoreline at Big Break Regional Shoreline Park.

Donations to the project are tax-deductible and can be made through the fundly.com account at http://fundly.com/deevieira1 or by sending a check to Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

TO HELP
Donations to the burrowing owl exhibit project are tax-deductable and can be made through the fundly.com account at http://fundly.com/deevieira1 or by sending a check to Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704. For more information call 925-240-3399.