Rare Owls Making Temporary Home in Wisconsin

Wisconsin wildlife officials say the extended winter has caused some rare owls to move into the state, including Northeast Wisconsin.

The DNR says the northern hawk owl, the great gray owl, and the boreal owl have all made temporary homes in Wisconsin.

It says every few years, small rodent populations crash in the boreal forest north of the US border, forcing the owls to move south into Wisconsin in search of food.

The DNR says owls have been spotted in a handful of Wisconsin counties, including Door, Ashland, Douglas, Kenosha, and Racine.
Scientists say people may see them hunting over roadside ditches or near backyard bird-feeding stations.
The DNR is interested in learning more about where the owls are seen. It’s asking anyone who spots one to fill out a “rare bird sighting” form.

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