Meet Our Mascot, Surnia.

We had so many creative, funny, smart entries, it was hard to choose just one. What really struck me though, was that we have an abundance of talent and joy surrounding us. We are so thankful for our friends and colleagues who are tireless in their support and creativity. We may have to have best supporting owls and use the rest of the names - they were all so good. 

However, one stood just a bit above the rest.

Surnia is named after the Northern Hawk Owl who is neither nocturnal nor crepuscular - awake day and night. The Northern Hawk Owl is one of a kind, as there is only one living species in the genus Surnia of the family Strigidae - the surnia ulula. The northern hawk-owl is one of the least studied and poorly understood birds in North America - therefore one will constantly learn new things from them.
— Laura Kean Anes

Winner winner, chicken dinner. 

We love this answer. The Northern Hawk Owl seems to speak to who we are. One of a kind? Check. Constantly learning new things? YES! And even (unfortunately) awake night and day. 

Frankly, our owl even looks like the Northern Hawk Owl. Surnia it is. And Surnia, well Surnia is judging us all.

Fun Facts:
- The Northern Hawk Owl can detect prey by sight at a distance of up to 800 meters (half a mile).
- Though it is thought to detect prey primarily by sight, the Northern Hawk Owl can find and seize prey under 30 cm (1 foot) of snow.

Surnia as a baby.

Surnia as a baby.

Lastly, the Northern Hawk Owl populations appear to be stable and there is no immediate known conservation concern. WHEW!!!! We're not going anywhere!

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