HATCH YEAR: UNKNOWN
FUN FACTS ABOUT POLARIS
- During the winter months Polaris can be found in the enclosures near our Visitor Center, and on occasion has been known to chitter back at guests when they greet her!
- When the temperatures get too warm for this cold weather bird, Polaris goes behind the scenes to a climate controlled enclosure in one of the buildings at our Education Training Center.
- Surnia ulula.
- Completely northern species found throughout eastern Alaska, Canada,Newfoundland, and some northern states in the United States.
- Northern Hawk Owls tend to be unevenly distributed in their established territories, so habitats are highly variable in boreal forested areas.
- Mostly inhabit coniferous forests, but may also inhabit mixed forests with both deciduous and coniferous trees. Can also be found in clearings, swampy areas, meadows, muskegs, and recently burnt areas.
- Small rodents, mammals, and a variety of birds.
- Unlike the vast majority of owls, Northern Hawk Owls frequently hunt during the daytime; they are diurnal instead of nocturnal.
- Non-migratory, usually staying within it’s winter breeding range.
- Breeding time is usually around early March. The nest is built on top of a hollow stump or dead spruce trees. Female will lay anywhere between 3-11 eggs and she does most of the incubating, where the male forages for the food. When the chicks are about 2 weeks old, the female will leave the nest to hunt. During these outings, the male will protect the nest, keeping any potential predators away until mom returns.
- Have little fear of humans and will attack them if they get too close.
- In Ontario, Northern Hawk Owls are considered falconry birds and can be used to hunt small game with the proper falconry license.
- Medium sized owl. Feathering on back is brown with white speckling. Back of the neck has a V-shaped pattern.
- Belly feathers are mostly white or off-white with brown banding.
- Tail is long and banded; has yellow eyes and beak.