“Snowy owls rarely winter south of the Canadian border except in what we call invasion years,” explained Colleen Lynch, Hope B McCormick Curator of Birds at Lincoln Park Zoo. “These years are characterized by harsh winters with low rodent populations, driving the owls to venture further south. Luckily the Northern Illinois shoreline is a hotspot for snowy owls in these years.”
Come visit this cold-weather species in the Zoo’s Birds of Prey exhibit.
Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. Open daily from 10am-4:30pm. 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000.