Snowy Owls never miss a good lemming year in Barrow

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Here's an excellent story from the Anchorage daily news today.

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Booming lemming population means high raptor survival as well

Anchorage Daily News

Published: September 5, 2006
Last Modified: September 5, 2006 at 03:01 AM

-- Snowy owls that wing over the tundra and perch on telephone poles like giant white eggs are having their most productive summer in at least 15 years, researchers say.

They're everywhere you look in this coastal village, spreading long wings as they soar among weather-stripped homes or dotting sandy banks to avoid blistering Arctic winds.

Why are there so many? Mainly because the lemmings they love to eat are booming.

Barrow and the surrounding North Slope -- the nation's northernmost community -- is the only place in the United States where snowy owls gather to breed. If the food is good enough, some stick around for the frigid winters.

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BTW, Bird TLC has 1 Snowy Owl in it's Education Program. It is cared for by Leslie Lancaster in Nikiski. We have another candidate for the program, but it has just recently been applied for to USF&G