Birds

Snowy owl numbers up considerably in Iowa

(Photo by Bill Diers)SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Snowy owl sightings are up and Sioux City television station KTIV reports that an estimated 50 and 75 snowy owls are in Iowa this winter – considerably higher than an average winter, when there are about 10 snowy owls in the state. Wildlife officials say it’s part of a cycle every four to…

Reports of two whooping crane sightings have these birders on a mission

Whooping cranes are still working their way back from the brink of extinction. The population has grown from fewer than 20 birds in the mid-1940s to almost 850 birds today, according to the foundation.GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two endangered whooping cranes have bird enthusiasts searching all over north Florida for a glimpse of the rare, elusive birds. The Gainesville Sun reports…

In Minnesota, unusually high number of injured snowy owls being treated

(Photo by Bill Diers)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wildlife experts say they are treating more injured snowy owls than usual this year in Minnesota. The owls have flown thousands of miles from the Arctic and are being spotted in higher numbers in parts of the northern U.S., including around the Great Lakes, to the delight of local bird watchers. But that…

Indiana seeing rare, historic snowy owl irruption

The Indiana Audubon Society is alerting owl fans of a historic invasion of the all-white, snowy owl that is taking place in Indiana. The usually absent arctic owl only visits Indiana during cyclical “irruptions” occurring every four to five years. Early reports from around the state indicate that large numbers of snowy owls are flocking in from the far north….

Bird alert: Snowy owl sightings on the rise in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin wildlife officials say it should be a good winter for sighting snowy owls. The Journal Sentinel reports that at least 69 individual snowy owls had been spotted statewide as of Nov. 20. That compares to three found in the state at this time last year and 82 for the winter of 2015-16. Snowy owls are considered among…