Navy biologist Bob Schallmann watches some recently hatched burrowing owls at the weapons station. Next to him is biologist Peter Bloom, who has been monitoring the base's avian life for 35 years. "If the burrowing owl were to become an endangered species, the new protections that would have to be implemented might hamper the operations conducted here," Schallmann said.
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