Lots of folks will give a hoot about the far southeastern Minnesota community of Houston this weekend. The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people.
It’s been a tough winter for owls in parts of North America, and the evidence is turning up on roadsides, at bird feeders and at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Minnesota.
There’s an incentive to take down those holiday lights this weekend, owls are getting stuck and injured. Great horned owls begin their nesting and the increased activity means an increased risk of injury.
It’s one of those rare treats of Mother Nature. A bird seldom seen south of the Canadian border is becoming a common sight among many this winter, as Minnesotans come face to face with the snowy owl.