Stories tagged very winter

Feb
13
2006

Snowy owl: The snowy owl's white feathers make it less visible to its prey.
Snowy owl: The snowy owl's white feathers make it less visible to its prey.

In the Winter 2006 "Change in the Weather" post, museum biologist Dick Oehlenschlager said that, if you were lucky, you might see a snowy owl or two out near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

Last weekend, I saw what HAD to be a snowy owl in the wildlife reserve off I-494 near the airport.

Oehlenschlager says that snowy owls are here in larger numbers than usual this winter. Normally, they nest in the Arctic tundra in northern Canada and Alaska, and come south some winters to hunt voles, mice, and other small mammals. Some scientists think their visits to Minnesota are periodic, coinciding with the population lows of Arctic lemmings—a favorite prey.

Pretty cool.