Snowy owls

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…

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…

Reports of snowy owl sightings up in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island wildlife preservation group says the state has had more snowy owls sightings than usual this time of year, a sign that more of the birds may be making their way down from the Arctic. Lauren Parmelee, of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, tells Rhode Island Public Radio that the owls have been spotted…

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…