My local Lowes, and the Home Depot are host to lots of little birds. They feast on spilled seeds, flying bugs and whatever the staff leaves out for them.
But in this Lowes in Colorado, they kicked it up a bit. There’s an owl nest within a pallet at the very top of a shelving unit. Employees marked the pallet quite clearly with the message “Don’t touch owl!!”
Owls have long been associated with wisdom. Keeping an owl in the store probably helps with mice – which seems wise!
Here are a couple of cool owl facts courtesy of the Audubon Society. Check out their site for more.
- Many owl species have asymmetrical ears. When located at different heights on the owl’s head, their ears are able to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. Ready, aim, strike.
- The eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.
- Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation.
- A group of owls is called a parliament.