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Wells, Our Newest Maine Owl
By Scott Weidensaul
As longtime SNOWstorm followers know, one benefit of our project is finding ways to help airport officials and federal wildlife agencies learn how snowy owls relate to airports. (Because airports look a little like the Arctic, at least to an owl — flat, open and treeless — they tend to be magnets for the birds.)
Last year we cooperated with Maine Wildlife Services, the USDA agency responsible for handling wildlife issues at Maine airfields. Our SNOWstorm partner, the Biodiversity Research Institute, worked with Wildlife Services to tag two owls that were trapped at Maine airports — Brunswick, caught last January at Brunswick Executive Airport and moved to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and Casco, caught last February at the Portland Jetport and moved to northern Maine.
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