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Snowy Owls seen around Regina

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan2,2024

Snowy owls observed ;s around Regina

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Curator at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Ryan Fisher, says these birds generally stay away from urban centers.


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In Saskatchewan, bird watchers and photographers have spotted snowy owls, particularly south of Regina. These migratory birds prefer places with fewer trees to better observe their prey, such as mice and voles according to specialists.

According to nature and wildlife photographer, Cathy Wall, they are majestic creatures […] they are simply magnificent.

Wall said she photographed the snowy owls for the first time in 2022. She said she's looking forward to taking photos this year as the birds pass through the area.

It's not like the black-capped chickadee which is there all year round and which you can photograph at any time, she says.

It's great to photograph them while they're there and get such great photos.

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Snowy owls breed north of the Arctic Circle on the tundra and migrate south at this time of year, where many are found in rural areas around Regina. p>Open in full screen mode

The presence of snowy owls in the province is generally consistent from year to year, according to Royal Saskatchewan Museum curator Ryan Fisher.

Royal Saskatchewan Museum curator Ryan Fisher explains that these birds generally stay away from urban centers and tend to favor the southern part of the region, because there are fewer birds. trees.

“No one really knows why, but my theory is that it [the area] looks a lot like the Arctic tundra,” says Fisher.

There aren't many trees, there is short grass, there are probably a lot small mammals like mice and voles running around.

Ryan Fisher points out that the Regina area is one of many places below the tree line where these birds can be seen during the winter.

He adds that the absence of snow makes it easier to spot these birds, which arouses a lot of enthusiasm among people who like to observe them.

It's sort of an animal at the top of the food chain in this region, he says -he.

The curator at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum adds that it is not yet known whether recent warm temperatures will impact the migration of owls this year.

He specifies, however, that their presence in the province is generally constant from one year to the next.

With information from Tyreike Reid

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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