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Bird watchers see barred owl increase this year

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While it isn't mild now, last year's winter is keeping owl rehabilitators in Vermont busy this year.

Last year was a good one for barred owls. And now, bird watchers are seeing more out in the wild -- and more coming in injured from accidents with people.

At Outreach for Earth Stewardship in Shelburne, they're rehabilitating eight owls this winter alone. Last year at this time, they only had one. Experts say the weather is to blame.

"They breed starting now and last winter as you recall, it was very mild, so probably a lot of the young produced last winter, last season, were successful and survived, and as a result we're seeing the increased numbers this year," says Craig Newman from Outreach for Earth Stewardship.

Newman says the best thing people can do to avoid collisions with the barred owls -- is to be alert during the early morning and early evening commutes, when they are most active.



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