Great Horned Owlets Nesting at Palmer Lake Park
Park-goers might have spotted a nest of great horned owls at Palmer Lake Park in Brooklyn Center. CCX News photojournalist Dustin Scholl snapped photographs of the baby owls.
According to the National Audubon Society, great horned owls are found throughout North America. The birds prey on rabbits, hawks, snakes and even skunks. The owls begin nesting early in the winter months so the young can learn to hunt before the following winter. Both parents take part in feeding young owls, and the young can begin to leave the nest and climb to branches at five weeks. They can fly around nine to 10 weeks. To hear what a great horned owl sounds like, click here.
Great horned owls are protected in Minnesota. Read about them on the Minnesota DNR’s website.
Palmer Lake Park is Brooklyn Center’s largest environmental preserve, totaling more than 200 acres. To learn more about Palmer Lake Park, click here.