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ASK OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to Thank you. ON A 'PASSAGE TO INDIA,' OTUS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A CLOSEUP OBSERVATION OF PEACOCKS Dear Readers, This is what happened. One roseate dawn during High Season, I realized that despite a few good rains I had not quite found the number of "creepy crawlies," as people often refer to them, necessary to supplement my high-protein, low-fat diet. volunteer landscaping committee was walking to his car when a neighbor called out, "Hey, Bored VIP, where are you off to so early?" "Crowley's Nursery," he replied. "I've got to get a start on the traffic ahead of all those wonderful tourists and swell, brainy college kids on spring break, those whose annual pilgrimage during high season to the pristine sands The yard crew had just put down the lawn pes- of Siesta Beach — voted the No. 1 Beach in ticides and "pickins" were slim. An important the USA — enrich our county coffers and conMember of the Condo Bored and head of the tribute to our knowledge of cultural diversity

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