Snowy Owls Visit KC
January 13, 2012
Hello to all out in the cyber world! I’m just dropping by with some note of interest regarding the Snowy Owls that are currently visiting this area. After reading various news reports, my daughter and I decided that a trip to Smithville would be on our weekend agenda. What a wonderful experience it turned out to be!
Purely by chance, we ended up at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course complex, where they were having a program about eagles. There were some owls, hawks, and eagles brought in by various groups. Operation Wildlife conducted a day program about eagles, and it was very enlightening and interesting to young and old. This program is going to be presented to the public again in a few weeks in Lawrence, KS.
Where were the Snowy Owls? That is what drew us to the local. We were told that there were some located by the dam, so off we trekked. Such great navigation skills! We ended up at the marina. Once again good fortune was on our side. There was one perched on the white roof of the docks. He or she perched there for hours. The poor thing was probably petrified since snowy owls do not see many humans, and they do not sense the sounds of auto or boats.
Eventually, we arrived at the dam. Once there, we walked to the edge of the lake, where there were about a dozen individuals standing around looking through binoculars and telescopes. The owl was sitting on some rocks approximately 4 feet from the lake edge, and a ranger marked the spot by standing on the dam above the owl. It was fantastic.
We hope to visit again in the near future. Perhaps you can plan a trip also. The Kansas City division of the Burroughs Audubon Society provides a list of recommended locations around the metro to see Snowy Owls. To learn more about these and other wonderful feathered friends, I recommend a site called All About Birds (that Cornell hosts) as well as MCPL's useful databases, books, and videos.