Thursday, 01 December 2011 08:33
Early indications are that this winter may be an "invasion" year for Snowy Owls, in Nebraska and across the country.
Snowy Owls typically show up more frequently in the Lower 48 in years when their primary food source up north, lemmings, experiences a population crash.
Rare for Nebraska, two had already been reported this winter (Webster and Garfield Counties) when a request for Snowy Owl reports was posted on a Game and Parks Commission blog. Two more reports quickly came in (Hall and Rock Counties).
Folks across the country are taking notice too:
"Got Snowies?", eBird
"Snowy Owls making a scene across the country", Spokane Spokesman-Review
Joel Jorgensen, Nongame Bird Program Manager for the Game and Parks Commission, requests that those lucky enough to spot a Snowy Owl should let him know at
or 402-471-5440. Reports should include a date, location, and photo if possible.