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Names and Bling for the Owlets


Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem

Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands.

As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the project, the owlets needed bling: numbered yellow zip-tie bands issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The owlets were removed from their aviary and the bands were placed on the owlets’ ankles (girls on the right, boy on the left) last week.

The DNA gender testing of the owlets revealed the oldest to be a girl, the middle to be a boy, and the baby of the family was also a girl. A naming contest was held to solicit names for the rapidly growing owlets, with a goal to have names that reflect gender as well as other individual traits.

Karla Bloem, the authority on Great Horned Owl vocalizations conducting the breeding project as part of her vocal research, selected the names for the owlets from over 100 sets of names submitted from around the country and globe.

The youngest owlet was named Patience, a name suggested by several since she always waits patiently to eat after the oldest owlets are fed. She also seems to have no ambition to leave the nest. The older two are already flying from perch to perch throughout the 1,000 square foot aviary, but Patience has yet to even venture out onto a branch immediately next to the nest platform.

The middle owlet was named Patrick since he was hatched on St. Patrick’s Day. Although the middle child, he was the first to spread his wings and fly to other perches in the enclosure.

Pandora was selected as the name for the oldest owlet. She jumped off the nest platform to the floor when the owlets were removed for banding, and she can be bossy with her siblings. When Patrick was first starting to fly, he would land on the Astroturf-covered ramp to climb back up to the nest. Pandora would sit at the top of the ramp and refuse to let him pass.

Once the young leave the nest, most online cams have to shut down. The live streaming video of this family will offer the public a rare glimpse into life of owlets after fledging as they will remain in captivity until they have developed their territorial hoots.

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Beef Brings $Billions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

From Minnesota Department of Agriculture We’ve all heard the catchy slogan “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner! Well, May is Beef Month in Minnesota and if you’d ask “Where’s the Beef?” we’d say it’s right here in our state. In fact, ..... 
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Beef that’s close to home

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jason Sethre In Fillmore County, there are quite a few beef farmers and quite a few beef eaters. Whether steaks, burgers or roasts in a crock pot, local residents like their beef. But, how much of the locally raised beef circulates within Fil ..... 
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Fillmore County is home to MSA Queen

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge Royal titles of queen and princess are not just limited to the monarchies of the world as Fillmore County is considered home for 20 year-old Minnesota Simmental Association Queen Katie Ristau. But not everyone can be queen, as ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Used motor oil and used oil filters should be recycled. Recycling them will not only help save resources and energy, but will also protect the environment. I might also add that it is illegal ..... 
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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Youth Tractor Safety Classes Offered

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The twenty-fourth joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia High School Ag Instructor ..... 
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Another sinkhole

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

As most passers-by on Highway 52, just North of Fountain, Minn., have noticed in recent days a fairly large sinkhole has opened up about a quarter mile outside of town on the West side of the road. Being conspicuously placed along the roadside it h ..... 
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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain ..... 
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