What belongs in a chaff collector? The leftover dried husk of a coffee bean, which comes off during roasting.
What doesn't belong in a chaff collector? A snowy owl.
Yet that's exactly what an employee at Alafek Coffee Roasters in Duluth found this week – a trapped snowy owl.
They called Wildwoods (the Duluth wildlife rehabilitation center), which sent someone over to rescue the raptor.
Snowy owls don't permanently live in Minnesota – they make their home up in the Arctic tundra. But they will head down to northern Minnesota during winters to hunt mice, rabbits and other small creatures, the DNR says.
How many come to Minnesota varies by the year. Sometimes we get a lot, sometimes we get few, the DNR adds.