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This photo fantastically highlights the nictitating membrane of this long-eared owl.
owls have three eyelids, an upper eyelid that moves down when the owl blinks, a lower eyelid that closes upward when the owl sleeps, and the nicitating eyelid.
the nictitating membrane is a translucent, protective, third eyelid present in many animals. it is a thin layer of tissue that moves horizontally from the inside of the eye to the outside. not only does this eyelid protect, but it also cleans the eye.
this eyelid is especially important to the owl while it is catching its prey. it provides owls with the ability to see, while also protecting the eyes when hunting and striking within thick vegetation.
we have many updates we will be posting this week about everything we have been up to during this breeding season. like many people the current state of covid-19 has caused us to pivot in our plans. however, with many canceled plans, also comes the opportunity to return to our roots and focus on our field work. as luck would have it, this breeding season seems like it is going to be a rather busy and hopefully successful season.
stay tuned, and stay safe. our thoughts are with all of those affected by this pandemic.
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