Owls in the Moss: Moss Mysteries and Owl Banding


The Swedish expression “There are owls in the moss” is a common phrase that means “I sense something wrong.” Nothing is wrong on Terra Informa this week as we present two fantastic stories about moss and owls! Join Terra informant Tasmia as she talks to Edmonton’s Moss Man, and stick around as Terra Informer Ashely Kocsis joins the University of Alberta Outdoors Club and Beaverhill Bird Observatory in the capture, processing and release of Northern Saw-Whet Owls.

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Mysteries of Moss

Let it not be said that that green fuzzy stuff you see around is less fascinating that other, more impressively plumed species of flora. For some nature nerds, moss is still plenty interesting. Tasmia Nishat caught up with Edmonton’s own “Moss Man,” Dr. René Belland of the University of Alberta’s renewable resources department. They discussed his passion for this plant and the legal troubles of protecting rare mosses.

Outdoors Enthusiasts and Owls

The University of Alberta’s Outdoors Club recently ventured out into the night to participate in the capture, processing, and release of Northern Saw-Whet owls. It is an incredibly unique experience for students but one can only imagine the added stressors to biologists having large untrained groups of students and outdoors enthusiasts present during research. Things are not always as they would seem and we find that contributions from said parties are a significant driving force in the continuation of not for profit organizations such as the Beaverhill Bird Observatory.

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