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A RARE VISIT FROM A NORTHERN NEIGHBOR

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The Great Gray Owl is a rare sighting south of the U.S.-Canadian border. (Photo by Matt Victoria, Camillus, NY. www.fickity.net)

The Great Gray Owl usually lives deep in the northern forests of Canada. But due to scarce food, thousands of the big owls have drifted south. They've drifted into southern Ontario and Quebec, even crossing the border into Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Last month, a Great Gray was spotted in New York, the first one documented there in almost a decade. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's David Sommerstein was there when it happened:

The Owl Pages on the Great Gray Owl

Audubon's Great Backyard Bird Count asks you to keep an eye out for the Great Gray Owl

Producer: David Sommerstein
Release Date: March 7, 2005
Running Time: 4:40

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