No, it’s an Eastern Screech-Owl. He makes a distinctive whiny at night that could be mistaken for a horse. The particular owl lives at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. His name is Martino, and if not for the skill and intervention of the dedicated staff and volunteers we wouldn’t have his gracious presence. That certainly is something to be thankful for.
At The Edge of the Wood we revere scientists. For 19 years, the owl researcher Denver Holt has journeyed to Barrow, Alaska, to study the lemmings and owls. Holt says, “If climate change results in habitat changes and it affects the lemmings, it will show up in the snowy owls because 90 percent of their diet is lemmings. The owls are the key to everything else.” The health of owls tell us about the health of our world. So get to know an owl. She might have something important to tell you.