Snowy Owls at Gravelly Point

By Steve Young This winter, Snowy Owls from the Arctic have been showing up unusually far south, including in the metro Washington, DC area. This rare kind of bird migration event is called an “irruption.” Irruptive movements may be driven by weather, breeding success, or prey scarcity up North. Snowies have been seen recently atContinue reading “Snowy Owls at Gravelly Point”

Ms. Owl Poses for ARMN at Gulf Branch Nature Center

  It isn’t all service and no fun:  A small group of ARMN has met a few times informally to practice sketching.  The charismatic Ms. Owl at Gulf Branch Nature Center makes a perfect and natural model. One of the artists, Cathy Broad, says, “The barred owl posed very nicely, after some curiosity at human attention.”  Below are Cathy’s lovely sketches of Ms.Continue reading “Ms. Owl Poses for ARMN at Gulf Branch Nature Center”

Gulf Branch Welcomes Mr., errr…Ms. Owl

By Catherine Howell The guest of honor didn’t have much to say, but that didn’t bother any of the Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center who came out on the evening of March 10 to celebrate ”Mr.” Owl and the handsome house the barred owl occupies on the center’s upper terrace.  The ecologically friendly wood-and-meshContinue reading “Gulf Branch Welcomes Mr., errr…Ms. Owl”