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Twin Lakes owls had to find a new nest this spring


Patricia Logan

ozens of great horned owlets were raised over the years in the hollow of this old cottonwood tree south of Twin Lakes. The tree collapsed at the spot of the nesting cavity, sometime within the last two years.

They were the unofficial, fuzzy, wide-eyed mascots of the fight to preserve the fields south of the Twin Lakes Open Space. But the hollow cottonwood that hosted great horned owls nearly every spring, collapsed, forcing the raptors to find a new place to raise their young.

There couldn't have been a more picture-perfect place for people to ooh and aah and get close-up images of owlets. In winter, a pair of great horned owls would nestle into the cavity of a dead cottonwood tree along the ditch next to the LoBo Trail and incubate their future. In spring, masked balls of fuzz would peer above...

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