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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wildlife Wednesday: Keen Hunter

One of the creatures that is synonymous with the spooky Halloween season is the owl. Owls are associated with death in many cultures, and there are few sounds as haunting in the dark as the eerie "hoot" of this nocturnal predator.
Owls are terribly efficient and effective predators as demonstrated in this video from the BBC:

However, for all of their lethal efficiency, many species of owls are becoming endangered due to loss of habitat through logging and more, and, of course, some owls are still poached for their beautiful feathers or sometimes just for sport.
Organizations like the World Owl Trust are doing as much as possible to raise awareness and preserve the habitats of these remarkable birds, and, of course, there are many ways you can help.

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