A snowy owl, spotted on January 11th. The snowy is a fixture of New England winters, and often resides at Logan Airport to feast on a plentiful supply of rodents.

Credit: E. Vernon Laux / WCAI

The Plight Of New England's Snowy Owls

December 10, 2013

Birder Vern Laux joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about the star of the New England skies — the snowy owl. The snowy owl is found throughout the region, and specifically at Logan Airport — where it feasts on the airport's plentiful rodents.

Three snowy owls were recently killed at Washington's JFK airport, for fear of interference with planes. Massachusetts has devised a plan to keep the birds alive through trapping, when necessary.

Vern Laux also talked about the annual Christmas Bird Counts he conducts from mid-December until the beginning of January. Laux is Senior Naturalist at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation on Nantucket.

Also on BPR:

  • CNN's John King talked about today's memorial service for South Africa President Nelson Mandela, which was attended by former US Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Pres. Obama spoke to the masses assembled in a Soweto stadium.
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles Registrar Rachel Kaprielian took listener calls for "Ask the Registrar."
  • Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn was Tuesday's Open Mic guest.

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