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"john c. nelson" <[log in to unmask]>
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john c. nelson
Sun, 4 Dec 2011 07:51:48 -0700
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I received this message from a fellow Feederwatcher in Saskatoon SK in  
reply to my posting yesterday relating to Snowy Owls.

John Nelson
Good Thunder MN

Begin forwarded message:
> Hi John,
> A friend who is a Field Biologist was recently on a work-related  
> trip from Saskatoon to the Swift Current area, a distance of about  
> 150 miles. In an e-mail he said that where, in a normal year, he'd  
> see at least a dozen or more Snowy owls, his total for that return  
> trip at this time of year, was 2.
> Another friend from Saskatoon, who is a 'Train Driver', (his words),  
> for the Canadian National Railway on the Edmonton route, this year  
> reports seeing one or two Snowies on his route when he would  
> regularly see a dozen or so on his 500 mile return run.
> With those two reports in mind, it's going to be interesting to see  
> what the upcoming results will be once the tally for the Christmas  
> Bird Counts are in the book...
> re the BOSS situation: If I'm reading the PFW maps correctly, it  
> seems like the numbers of FeederWatchers is significantly down  
> across both the States and Canada. That, too, will have an impact on  
> the 2011 BOSS crop. However, in talking to a local farmer who did  
> grow some BOSS this past season, he said that he had a bumper crop  
> of excellent quality. O f course, he had no problem selling it and  
> wished he'd planted more than 80 acres. This far north, however,  
> BOSS is always an 'iffy' crop. We normally get a killing frost about  
> the last quarter of September, keeping in mind that the last of our  
> crops is normally planted in early June.
> Moe Mareschal
> Birch Hills, SK
> On the farm in the Aspen Woodland zone between the Great Plains and  
> the Boreal Forest.
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