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Guys, I tried, but there’s just too much stupid today and we don’t need more reminders of how people suck. We need a snowy owl story:

A snowy owl who spent the winter in Madison recovering from a wing injury was returned to the wild and should be well on its way home to the far northern tundra.

The owl was part of an unusual influx of snowies over the winter into the Upper Great Lakes region.

Ornithologists say the huge, white owls — the largest of the North American owls — showed up because of an unusual spike in the number of lemmings on the tundra. With this traditional food source in abundance, a bumper crop of owls was produced and many of the younger birds had to head south because of the intense competition for food and nesting sites.


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Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.