Burrowing Owls delay Aggie Memorial turf installation

From the Las Cruces Sun-News - By Lindsey Anderson - Small avian residents are delaying New Mexico State University's plan to replace Aggie Memorial Stadium's grass field with artificial turf. A family of Western burrowing owls have dug into a corner of the field, while two other pairs nest just below the Stan Fulton Center.
     Officials are waiting for the birds' hatching period to end before fully installing turf, NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said Friday. In the meantime, the university has erected fencing around the birds, and signs — "BURROWING OWL NEST, DO NOT DISTURB" — to warn visitors to stay away while the eggs hatch.
      The birds have nested across town and at Aggie Memorial for more than 20 years, Desmond said. They have been spotted at spring football practices this year, enjoying the quiet that off-season brings.


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