After missing the opportunity to do so last year, I was thrilled to be able to make it down to Texas and join Nova in her second season of working as the Ocelot field tech at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Living on the refuge and having the garden surrounding the visitor center as our backyard was an amazing experience. Now it's off to the shock of returning to winter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on Michigan's upper peninsula. Knowing that it should be a good spring for Boreal , Great Gray, Snowy, and Northern Hawk Owls takes a bit of the sting out of leaving the Lower Rio Grande Valley, but not all of it. We love Whitefish Point and are very anxious to see what this spring's owl banding season will produce.