July 30, 2007

SUBJECT: 2007 Wildbird Magazine Photo Contest Winner

The September/October 2007 Issue of WildBird Magazine should be on the magazine rack sometime in late August.

What a great surprise it was to open up the September/October 2007 Issue of WildBird Magazine and find that I had won First Prize, Birds-In-Flight category. I figured I must not have won anything because I never got any kind of letter or email advising that I was a winner.

The winning photograph (of a Short-Eared Owl) was taken in the suburbs of Chicago at Bartel Grassland in Matteson, Illinois. There are about 380 acres of what use-to-be farmland that is now owned by The Cook County Forest Preserve District. Volunteers have been working to restore this land back to native prairie and it is simply amazing to me that by their efforts, they have brought back many species of birds to the area. To find out more about Bartel Grassland, please click here.

For the past three years I have been photographing short-eared owls throughout the upper Midwest and so far, the largest congregation of short-eared owls I have found are just 20 some miles southwest of Chicago. The day that I took this prize-winning photograph, there were 17 short-eared owls hunting this prairie.

Here is the winning photo of a short-eared owl carrying a vole::

—Alan Stankevitz

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