We’re only noticing the snowy owls

A lemming boom last summer probably led to rises in populations of several predator species

By Sarah Zielinski, 14:56 PM February 22, 2014

Residents of many of the Lower 48 states have been entranced this winter by visitors from the Arctic — snowy owls. The birds haven’t all found their winter vacations to be that wonderful, though: DC’s snowy owl survived being hit by a bus but Philly’s bird was killed by an airplane. The record-breaking influx of birds that are normally rare this far south can probably be traced to a bumper crop of lemmings last summer, scientists think. Lots of lemmings let mama and papa snowy owls provide fo...

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