Odds good for owling in Brooklyn

How easy is it to see a snowy owl in Brooklyn this winter? Your odds are pretty good–if you’re willing to haul yourself out to Floyd Bennett Field, an old timey airport on Brooklyn’s shore. I got to see one today after looking on eBird and figuring it was the most likely spot.

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Wildlife Rehabbers share their owls with Brooklyn at Raptorfest 2013 in Prospect Park

Wildlife rehabbers let Brooklynites get close to the hawks, owls and eagle they’ve saved. We got to touch an owl!

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NYC's top wildlife rehabber may be shut down by suburban politics

The town of Oyster Bay wants to shut down Bobby Horvath, the wildlife rehabilitator you call when you’ve got a coyote, owl, hawk, or pelican problem in NYC.

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Yellowstone Sanctuary, home to bears, cougar, Ted Turner's magpie, may close

Mountain lion peers out from lair.

MT’s only wildlife sanctuary may close because it’s not meeting federal regulations, but it won’t say which ones.

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Adolescent owl trying to look tough after getting spooked by a robin--how embarassing

Brooklyn got its first two great horned owl babies in a century this spring. Maybe they stayed away because they were so scared of the songbirds.

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Prospect Park owls fledged; Hawk parent nabs a pigeon

The Prospect Park owls have learned to fly, but are still hanging around near their nest with their parents.

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More of Brooklyn's secret owl family

Brooklyn great horned owls branching–hopping around their nest tree, thinking about taking their first flight.

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Brooklyn hatches its first native great horned owlets in a century

Two great horned owlets on nest

The Prospect Park owls have hatched two chicks that can are now big enough to flap around and think about flying. They’re the first raised in the borough since records were kept.

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Tell the feds you want a Chicagoland NWR

Tell the FWS that Chicago and Milwaukee would like Hackmatack, a new wildlife refuge they could drive to. You might see whooping cranes, river otter, cougars, blandings turtles and all kinds of birds there. They take comments until April 27 and are set to decide this fall.

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Great horned owl pair hanging around in Propsect Park

owl showing talons

In New York City, you don’t have to be a good enough birder to spot the owl. Just good enough to spot the birders watching the owl.

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