Snowy Owl Mr. Tundra

Calkins Nature Area recently welcomed Mr. Tundra, a snowy owl who wound up at Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with a broken wing. He’s healed now, but cannot return to the wild, so Calkins is his home. Calkins Interpretive Program Assistant Davis Horton said it's rare for any nature center in Iowa to have a snowy owl. 

Mr. Tundra, a young snowy owl, is Calkins Nature Area’s newest and rarest resident.

Two weeks ago, Calkins received Mr. Tundra from the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Falls, where he had been staying after breaking his left wing.

Snowy Owl Mr. Tundra

Mr. Tundra, the newest resident at Calkins Nature Area’s wildlife display, looks different from other owls in the display and those found in Iowa. Differences include the feathers over his beak and the feathers over his legs and feet.

Snowy Owl Mr. Tundra

Horton shows off the spots on the back of Mr. Tundra, a 2- or 3-year-old snowy owl who now calls Calkins Nature Area home. As he ages, his spots will disappear.

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