Rare Snowy Owl Soars Over Washington, Thrills Crowds

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  • A rare snowy owl, whose home is in the Canadian Arctic, was seen flying over Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Some snowy owls might migrate south every winter, especially during the years where there aren’t enough lemmings (their main food source) to eat.
  • “Snowy owls are coming from a part of the world where they see almost nothing human, from completely treeless open Arctic tundra,” said Scott Weidensaul, a researcher at nonprofit Project SNOWStorm.

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