Looking for Owls


Up to my hips in snowdrifts, I braved the Chicago wind chill at the 31st Street Marina when the last snowy owl invasion happened years ago. A warm Arctic summer means more lemmings, which means more food for owls, which means more eggs in the snowy owls’ nests, which means, when the weather turns back to winter, an out-migration of owls down to the Great Lakes. 

Or so I’d heard.

I searched for these visiting owls at every opportunity. I had heard they like the jetties, they are solitary, and they hunt coots, so I’d look for coots (with a hint of…


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