For UFO Hunters, the Owls Really Aren't What They Seem

“The owls are not what they seem.”  This was the cryptic warning uttered by the Giant in Twin Peaks, echoing eerily throughout David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal series. For illustrator and author Mike Clelland, though, these psychic pronouncements ring especially true. For the past decade, he has worked tirelessly to catalogue paranormal sightings of the fluffy avian predators.  As the self-described “owl guy” of the UFO world, Clelland has become the foremost writer theorizing a connection between owls and alien encounters. His book on the subject, The Messengers, is a collection of anecdotes from people who claim to have had paranormal experiences involving the ominous birds. It all began after Clelland saw owls circling overhead for an entire hour during a 2006 camping trip. Familiar with a supposed UFO-owl link, Clelland intuitively felt there was something mystical, otherworldly, or even alien to the animals above. Moved by the events, Clelland eventually connected owl sightings to disturbing alien abduction experiences of his own, spurring him to post a call for any strange owl anecdotes on his website.  To his surprise, the stories streamed in, tying the birds to UFOs, abductions, “missing time,” and other strange phenomena. Meanwhile, owls began to…

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For UFO Hunters, the Owls Really Aren’t What They Seem

Updated: May 10, 2021 — 10:28 am