Snowy Owl sighted
Washington County naturalist Pam Holz took this photo Wednesday on G36. She requests anyone seeing a snowy owl observe the bird from a distance as the birds are highly stressed from migration and not used to humans. She said they are protected by international treaty. She also asks people seeing a snowy owl to report the time and place to the Washington County Conservation Center at 657-2400.
Holz said that the birds migrate to southern Canada and the northern United States during the winter and only every once in a while do they migrate to the Midwest. She said that then Iowa may only see two of the snowy owls. She said that having a snowy owl in Washington County may be a once in a lifetime event.