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Can You Guess the Mystery Animal?

  • 1/29/2015 8:10:00 AM
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 Can you guess the Iowa animal featured in this extreme close-up?

Snowy owl







This is a snowy owl, an occasional winter visitor to Iowa. We only see snowy owls in Iowa when lemming populations – the snowy owl’s favorite dinner item – crash on the tundra. That sends the snowy owls south in search of food, like mice and other small mammals. So if you spot one, it’s a rare sight indeed. This year, the Iowa Ornithologists Union has reported a pair of snowy owls in the Lime Springs area earlier this month.

Learn more about Iowa's owls.

Snowy owl info from the Iowa DNR