Snowy owls find home near airport runways

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2009 - 11:47 PM

To a snowy owl, the runways looks like home: the tundra of northern Canada.

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george13Jan. 19, 09 8:43 AM

Must be global warming. Oh wait, that should cause them to move farther north. How can you explain that? Anyone? Anyone?

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opoluzimJan. 19, 09 9:00 AM

george13, I'm not a biologist nor a climatologist, but I'll bet neither are you. Read the article, again, for these clues: 'territorial' and '2008' and 'prolific'. You might even read the article a third time to be certain you understand the principles at work here.

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koppco1Jan. 19, 09 9:04 AM

The article stated that the breeding season was prolific this year which forced more owls further south than normal to find their own territory. It has nothing to do with global warming genius.

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reeksonJan. 19, 09 9:09 AM

he's just one of the conservative trolls that always want to inject their sarcastic 2 cents in about the weather. They don't like it when someone suggests it might not be a good idea for all of us to drive Hummers, or cut down on our energy use. Gets in the way of their personal freedoms. Anyway, the owl is a beautiful bird, for sure. Probably so beautiful that George would like to take a shotgun to it.

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CCLouJan. 19, 09 9:16 AM

Let's see, if someone states an opinion different from our own, we should call them out on not being an expert. Do you do that when someone agrees with you,hey?

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jmw004Jan. 19, 09 9:35 AM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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jms3201Jan. 19, 0910:04 AM

I have recently starting seeing Snowy Owls flying over my neighborhood in Burnsville, we are not far from the MN River Valley. Their wingspan makes you think at first you are seeing a small eagle but on further notice you realize the coloring is definitely not that of an eagle. They are magnificent, snowy white with brown flecks. I hope we will continue to enjoy them in our area.

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smarterthanuJan. 19, 0910:12 AM

So true! Tolerance extends only to people who are exactly like you!

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spamtraxJan. 19, 0911:24 AM

After what happened in New York this doesn't sound like a good mix.

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opoluzimJan. 19, 0911:44 AM

jms3201: Thanks for posting your sightings. I drove up to Duluth a few years ago to look for the large owls from the Boreal forest--I had heard they moved into the northern part of the state looking for food at that time because of a shortage of food. After talking to farmers around Duluth, and later birders in the Metro, I found (annecdotally) they actually moved into the southern part of Minnesota and there were sighting here in the Metro, like this article points out. Also, my apologies to george13 and CCLou. My comments in my first posting were sarcastic. I should have kept my message germain to the subject of the article. These are really beautiful birds visiting us from hundreds of miles away and I should get out and see them!

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