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Birder Vern Laux joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about the star of the New England skies — the snowy owl. The snowy owl is found throughout the region, and specifically at Logan Airport — where it feasts on the airport's plentiful rodents.

Three snowy owls were recently killed at Washington's JFK airport, for fear of interference with planes. Massachusetts has devised a plan to keep the birds alive through trapping, when necessary.

Vern Laux also talked about the annual Christmas Bird Counts he conducts from mid-December until the beginning of January. Laux is Senior Naturalist at the LindaLoringNature Foundation on Nantucket.

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