Owls are wildly popular birds, and for good reason: They're cool! Silent and deadly, they roam our forests, grasslands, and swamps, searching for prey long after the hawks, eagles, and falcons have turned in for the night. They also possess a unique appearance—an almost humanlike expression that has given owls their (mostly inaccurate) reputation as wise birds. And then there's the challenge of finding them. Since owls are mostly nocturnal and humans are mostly diurnal, we don't cross paths often. What a thrill it is to stumble across a roosting barred owl while hiking through the woods on an overcast day, to discover that a western screech-owl has taken up residence in a backyard nest box, or to spy a short-eared owl as it glides silently over an open field in the fading daylight. So how much do you know about owls? Here's your chance to find out.
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