Snowy Owl Update

You may have followed my recent posts about the snowy owl that paid Whoop Design a visit. On Monday morning, we arrived to see this beautiful creature sitting on the base of an outdoor lightwell that’s adjacent to Whoop’s office windows. The space is deep and narrow, good for pigeons to roost, but not for a large bird of prey.

Snowy Owl in Lightwell

Thinking that our friend was in trouble, we called the Minnesota Raptor Center for help. They sent out a volunteer who netted the bird and brought it back to the Center for rest and rehabilitation.

Snowy Owl in Volunteer's Arm

I later learned that our feathered friend was suffering from starvation and the prognosis is not good. This season, The Raptor Center has received a growing number of snowy owls in much the same condition. Most have died.  More snowy owls have migrated south to areas like Minnesota, likely due to a drop in the rodent population that they depend on in their normal arctic habitat.

I’d like to thank the folks at The Raptor Center for their help. They truly play an amazing role in our community. According to their Web site, “The Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In additional to treating approximately 800 birds a year, the program reaches more than 240,000 people through public education programs and events. The majority of their funding comes from private donations.”

Please consider showing your support with a donation to The Raptor Center.  Thank you for following my snowy owl story. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I learn more.

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