1896 : Scientists Excited About “Taking” America’s Rarest Owl

Scientists love of decimating raptor populations extends back to long before they discovered wind farms.


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12 Responses to 1896 : Scientists Excited About “Taking” America’s Rarest Owl

  1. Gamecock says:

    Audubon was a bird killer.

  2. tom0mason says:

    These days of covering the land with windmill makes finding a dead rare and exotic wildlife so much easier.

  3. KevinK says:

    Ah, the Flammulated Owl, I saw one in the wild back in the 1980’s (Oregon). Very hard to spot one, I was lucky. Has an amazing ventriloquist ability, it was calling, but the impression of the sound was that it was way off to our right. In fact it was right in front of us about 15 feet off the ground. It had caught a songbird (warbler or something) and was calling it’s mate. The mate arrived and He gave her the food. Very nice thing to see in person.

    Cheers, Kevin (engineer and amateur ornithologist)

    • Gail Combs says:

      Flammulated Owl: IMAGE

      Last winter we had a Snowy Owl show up. We have a barred owl who is pretty much a permanent resident and drives me crazy with his hooting at night.

      Our place is full of various critters since about 80 ac is wooded with some clearings.

      • mjc says:

        You had a snowy show up in NC?

        Shouldn’t that kind of been a clue as to what winter was going to be like?

        • Gail Combs says:

          Sure does seem like that Snowy was predicting the bad ass winter we had.

          No fool he, he was escaping the cold and headed SOUTH.

        • cdquarles says:

          Owls are everywhere around here now. A big barred owl landed in the middle of US 280 and nearly caused a pile-up. The nice thing about owls is that they eat rats and mice mostly and will eat a rattlesnake if they have to.

      • KevinK says:

        I love the sound of a Barred Owl, reminds me of who “owns” the forest. We are just a wee bit North of the Barred Owl range, but we do hear (and occasionally see) them down in Southern New York State,

        Cheers, Kevin

  4. They thought the northern penguin (pinguin) was extinct until 1844 when they found a breeding pair on a high cliff on a remote island near Iceland.


    “Its growing rarity increased interest from European museums and private collectors in obtaining skins and eggs of the bird. On 3 July 1844, the last two confirmed specimens were killed on [[Eldey]], off the coast of Iceland…”

    People are disgusting.

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