Science: The Year of the Owl

Anyone who wanders down a U.S. country road this winter may be startled at the sight of a great white bird drifting close on five-foot silent wings. The bird's head is as big as a grapefruit, its yellow eyes glitter balefully. But there is no cause for alarm: it is only a displaced snowy owl (Nyctea scandiaca), a refugee from a lemming shortage in Canada.

Last week, Audubon Society members had completed scores of bird counts which proved that the U.S. will have a booming owl winter. From Arctic Canada had come reports that...

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