Owls are amazing, with their incredible night vision, expressive faces, and deadly predator instincts. In various cultures throughout history, they’ve been seen as omens of death, symbols of luck, and the only beings wise enough to tell us how many licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop. But while the lore of owls is fascinating, nothing is as amazing as seeing a wild owl out in its natural habitat.
There are around 200 species of owl in the world, and 16 of them live in Canada. They’re spread out all over the country, even living in our cities, and yet owls can be elusive. Their specially evolved feathers help them fly silently, and unless you’re out after dark, your chances of spotting one are almost nil. But the first way to up your chances of seeing these incredible birds is to learn a bit more about them. So, to help you out, here are eight of Canada’s owl species, and where you can find them.