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Northern Owls Moving SouthSubmitted: 03/27/2013
Story By Ryan Michaels

Northern Owls Moving South
MINOCQUA - You'll notice birds chirping and eagles soaring as spring slowly comes around.
But you may hear different tunes outside in the Northwoods this spring, as well, ones that "hoot".

This year's long winter has sent some north-of-the-border owls south into Wisconsin. The northern hawk owl, the great gray owl, and the boreal owl are not native to Wisconsin.

But because of food shortages in Canada the owls have flown south and they may run into a different problem here in the Northwoods, according to the Assistant Director of Education Courtney Wright at the Northwoods Wildlife Center.

"When we have a lot of freezing and thawing, or we do get a late snow pack, they can't really get through the ice crust that's on top of the snow to get down to their food. Now that's not necessarily the case for great grey owls or other owls that live around here, so it can very based on the bird too."

The three species of owl not normally seen have been spotted in Door, Ashland, Douglas, and as far south as Racine Counties.

If you happen to spot one of these non-native owls the DNR would like to know about it. Fill out a rare bird sighting form by following the link below.


Related Weblinks:
Rare Bird Sighting Form

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