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Steve Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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Steve Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:32:39 -0700
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On Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:06:05 -0600, Bill Tefft <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Steve Wilson who collected boreal owls while working for the MN DNR in past
>years of boreal starvation, has contacted the Univ. of MN, the DNR Wildlife
>Office; and the Chicago Field Museum.  Although Steve is now retired, his
>inquiry led to the information that our area manager in Tower, MN is
>accepting owls that are turned and they will then be delivered to the Field
>If you find an owl, record accurate time and place information, put it in a
>sealed plastic bag, and keep it frozen.  Then deliver it to Tom Rusch, our
>local wildlife manager, in the Tower, DNR Wildlife office.  The collected
>birds will then be picked up for delivery to the Field Museum.  The birds
>are being taken to that location, because of the museum's ability and
>interest in processing these birds.
>I would imagine that other area wildlife offices would provide the same
>Bill Tefft
>Ely, MN

Bill is correct. All DNR Wildlife offices in NE MN (Grand Marais, Two Harbors, 
Duluth, Cloquet, Aitkin, Eveleth, Tower, I. Falls, Orr, Grand Rapids) have been 
alerted to the situation and are accepting boreal and northern saw-whet owl 
carcases. DNR Wildlife officies in other parts of the state did the same in past 
irruptions, and should accept birds, as well. Along with date and location 
information, please be sure to include the name and contact information of the 
finder on the label, in case researchers have follow-up questions.

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