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Snowy Owl Magic

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Photo by David Patton/Albany Democrat-Herald

Snowy owls (like Hedwig in the Harry Potter stories) are having a busy winter all across the country. Denver Holt, director of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana, tells the New York Times their numbers are unusually high this year.

“There are so many across the country, everywhere, by the thousands. It’s unbelievable. They are being seen from Boston, to the Great Lakes, the Ohio River Valley, Kansas, Vancouver and Seattle. We do know they had a really good breeding year, and there was plenty of food last year.”

A snowy owl even found her way to Hawaii. She showed up at the airport … and they shot her!

Officials said she was a danger to planes. Not half as dangerous as these folks were to her.

(Boston’s Logan Airport is well known as an owl magnet. Owls who land there are trapped and relocated – 21 so far this year.)