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Dec. 20, 2011NODAWAY COUNTY, MO |  By: Wayman

Rare Bird Feedings

Nature lovers are excited about some rare snowy owls from the Arctic tundra being spotted in northwest Missouri.

The state conservation department says an owl was spotted a few weeks ago at the squaw creek national wildlife refuge. Another has been reported at the Nodaway Valley conservation Area. The latest sightings are of three of the large white owls with black markings in the Smithville Lake area. Conservation officials say the owls are rarely seen in this part of the world, and the northwest Missouri sightings indicate their natural food source is dwindling.