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Officials release the 100th snowy owl captured at Logan

People cheered for snowy owl Century, released at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
People cheered for snowy owl Century, released at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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PLUM ISLAND — Norman Smith stood in front of more than 100 people on Plum Island Saturday afternoon with a majestic snowy owl in his hand. The owl, dubbed Century, was the 100th snowy owl captured at Logan International Airport, relocated, and released this winter.

The crowd, many equipped with cameras and binoculars, counted down Century’s release.

“Five, four, three, two, one!”

Smith, director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society Blue Hills Trailside Museum and an owl expert, let Century go. Her wings spread and rapidly flapped to elevate her high above the gathered group. The strong wind took her, and she glided gracefully out over the dunes and marshes of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge until she was out of sight.

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