Ten months ago thousands of young snowy owls came here for the winter. That irruption was unusual, an atypical episode in a life spent in one of the harshest habitats on the planet.
Where did those young owls come from?
What were their lives like in the arctic? How do they thrive in a place so foreign to our experience?
Next week we'll find out how when PBS NATURE premieres Magic of the Snowy Owl.
The program begins in familiar territory, a farm in Wisconsin where two young snowies hunt the winter fields. Meanwhile their parents are back home in perpetual darkness. The show’s excellent footage of the arctic night gives a real taste of life in the dark.
In spring the camera crew searches for nesting owls, eventually finding a pair alone. Their solitude might not be a good sign.
Will there be enough to eat?
Will their young survive to adulthood?
Don't miss Magic of the Snowy Owl on Wednesday October 24 at 8:00pm
Check your local listings for showtimes HERE