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I'’ve always been fascinated by owls as a whole, but particularly smitten with this little species, whose home spans much of North America. The Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) is arguably the cutest ambassador of the entire owl family. I’ve also always been intrigued by their incredible ‘shape-shifting’ abilities. Depending on the way it adjusts its plumage to reflect position, mood or attitude the tiny nocturnal raptor can appear almost like a completely different species. Though doing ok in much of its range, the darker plumed, Haida Gwaii saw-whet subspecies is threatened. As a bronze sculpture without accurate color representation, this study stands both for the species and for its Pacific northwest brethren who are specially reliant on dwindling old-growth forests with thick undergrowth. Loss of these forests and the introduction of Sitka Deer, which change the understory ecology, continue to impact the charismatic bird.