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Snowies and their admirers causing problems at Portland Jetport
by Kelley Bouchard
SOUTH PORTLAND — A steady stream of cars drove around the loop at the end of Jetport Plaza Road on Wednesday, each carrying people who hoped to see the snowy owls that have taken up residency there this winter.
The owls are here during an irruption – a cyclical population explosion that has increased the number and range of younger snowies that typically venture south in winter from their nesting habitat on the Arctic tundra. Researchers say that habitat and the owls are threatened by climate change.
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