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About Saw-whet Owls!

One of the cutest members of the owl family is the Northern Saw-Whet Owl…who is the model for Sammi.  How did this bird get its unusual name? One story is that in the early 1800’s this little owl’s range included the U.S./Canadian border. This 7 ½” tall curious owl was a visitor to farms and camps. The French were fond of this bird and called it chouette (shoo-ET), which is French for “little owl.” English speakers may have morphed this word into “saw-whet.”

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