The southeastern Minnesota town of Houston, population 979, is welcoming a parliament of up to 2,000 bird lovers Friday-Sunday for the annual International Festival of Owls.
The event marks a big weekend for owl fans, who gather for speeches, an owl hall-of-fame ceremony, photo lessons and live owl programs.
The 12th annual event is being launched this year with a fundraising effort to build a new owl center building.
How did this event land in southeastern Minnesota? Here's more about the festival's backstory and how it ended up in Houston – it starts with the tale of Alice, a rescued owlet that fell from a nest in 1997.
If you can't make it, here's a couple of owl livecams.
Also from the owl center, two videos:
Here's a Great Horned Owl named Rusty guarding his eggs:
In this clip, you can faintly hear the chittering of a hatching owlet, which has punctured its way to the air sac at the end of its egg, as its parents hoot in the background.