Snowy Owl at Montrose Harbor

A snowy owl pays a visit to the North Side near Montrose Harbor in early December 2011. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

A recently hatched Snowy Owl who moved to town to be a companion to a male Snowy Owl needs a name, and Lincoln Park Zoo is asking for the public's help in picking the moniker.

The female owl hatched in 2011 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and recently moved to Chicago to be with a male owl already residing at Lincoln Park Zoo.

According to the Lincoln Park Zoo, people are asked to go to the zoo Facebook page to vote on one of four possible names already selected by zookeepers:

Dusty -- In reference to the dusty brown coloration retained by females for nesting camouflage.
Tundra -- A nod to the owl's native habitat.
Freya -- The Norse god of love and beauty.
Skaydi -- The Norse goddess of the hunt.

"Hedwig," of Harry Potter fame, is not a choice, zoo officials said. Anyone wanting to vote can go to www.facebook.com/lincolnparkzoo.

The female owl arrived at the Lincoln Park Zoo at a rare time when weather and prey conditions have caused a few wild Snowy Owls, which in normal times seldom winter south of the Canadian border, to come to Chicago looking for small rodents.

Wild Snowy Owls have been spotted in such places as Montrose Harbor along the lakefront this year.

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