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This is one of the largest species of Owl with a wingspan of 49–59 in and on average it is the heaviest Owl in North America weighing 3.5 to 6.6 lb.
It breeds in the Artic Tundra and winters south through Canada.
Snowy Owls can normally be found in the prairies east of Calgary during the winter. After several failed attempts to see a Snowy Owl I finally found this one yesterday afternoon by the side of a highway.