Sunday, September 4, 2011

Burrowing Owl Floral Arrangement

Live Burrowing Owl perches in florist's arrangement - photo by Shelley Banks
Gerbera Daisies and a Burrowing Owl © SB

Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Floral arrangement: Burrowing Owl with Gerbera Daisies. Who wouldn't want a bouquet like this delivered to their door?

The frame around Potter, the Burrowing Owl, is fake — but the rest of this picture is absolutely genuine.

I drove out to Moose Jaw today to see Potter, the latest Burrowing Owl ambassador — who must be about six week old, and, although he seems tiny, is now nearly adult-sized. He's being imprinted*, and so spends his time with people, and one of his hang-outs is at the BOIC office on the MJ Exhibition Grounds.

Potter is also very patient — and as the newest star of the centre, he is clearly used to cameras. After posing on the floor and a chair for a me, he flew up to this far more photogenic location — a bouquet on the office desk.

*And why is Potter being imprinted? So that he can work with the team at the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre to educate people from school children to adults about this species at risk. And how at risk are Burrowing Owls? These owls are on Canada's endangered list, and Manitoba says they are on the brink of being wiped out across the Prairies. And why are burrowing owls endangered? That's complicated... loss of habitat, decreased prey, fewer burrows...  


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