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Animals - Polar Shores

Snowy Owl 
Nyctea scandiaca
Range: Arctic regions around the North Pole.
Habitat: Tundra and hills; they winter in marshlands, on lake shores and seaside.
Diet: Small mammals such as mice, rabbits, lemmings, and birds.
Fun Facts:
  • To help protect from the cold climate, the legs and toes are densely covered with whtie feathers!
  • The snowy owl flies in moth-like silence which helps them successfully hunt!
  • Egg laying is variable depending on the food supply!  When food is scarce, there are fewer eggs and when food is plentiful, there are more eggs!
  • Breeding takes place in the far north tundra, but in the winter these birds migrate south, sometimes as far as Minnesota and Wisconsin!

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