Red pins are females, blue pins are males.

We are providing live updates (or as near as we feel is safe for the owl) for several of our tagged owls, but generally the data will be at least three days old. If maps for some of the linked owls are not available, we may not have had time to post them yet. Thanks for your patience!


Updated 2/23/14 – Assateague, an immature male, was banded Dec. 17 on Assateague Island National Seashore on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and was the first Snowy Owl fitted with a GPS/GSM transmitter. He has been a wanderer, moving more than 150 miles in a few weeks to the coast of New Jersey. One of the most surprising findings from Assateague’s movements are the nocturnal hunting flights he makes over open water in Delaware and Barnegat bays. (©Scott Weidensaul)

Buena Vista

Updated 3/30/14 – This young male was banded Dec. 23 in Wisconsin by Gene Jacobs and Mike Lanzone on the Buena Vista grasslands, where (in contrast to Assateague) he remained within a roughly one-square-mile area before moving to an area with poor cell reception. His location was just a few miles north of the home of Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom, pioneering biologists who in the 1960s organized the first major research project into snowy owl irruptions. (©Gene Jacobs)


Updated 1/27/14 – Captured and tagged Jan. 9 at Philadelphia International Airport, Philly was relocated about 40 miles west to eastern Lancaster County for his own safety, as airports are dangerous for owls (and owls are a hazard to planes). However, he returned to the airport within a few days, and eluded repeated efforts to capture him. He was struck and killed by a plane on Jan. 29. (©Scott Weidensaul)


Updated 4/15/14 – This young male was banded in Erie, PA on Sunday, January 19th at the Erie International Airport in Erie, PA by Mike Lanzone and Tom McDonald and released at the nearby Presque Isle State Park. This owl has wandered all over Lake Erie, moving almost as far east as Buffalo, and spending much of his time on the ice near Long Point, Ontario.


Updated 4/26/14 – This young male was also banded Jan. 19 in Erie, PA at the Erie International Airport by Mike Lanzone and Tom McDonald, and also released at Presque Island State Park. The name comes from the township where it was banded. He initially spent much of his time on or near the airport, but more recently has been roaming well beyond cell range on ice-covered Lake Erie.


Updated 3/9/14 - Banded near Freedom, WI, by Gene Jacobs and Mike Lanzone, “Freedom” is our first female owl with a GPS-GSM transmitter. She has remained very close to her release site in dairy farm country. (©Mike Lanzone)


Updated 4/15/14 - Braddock is an immature male that was banded by Tom McDonald near Rochester, NY on Jan. 25, 2014. He has been sticking to the Lake Ontario lakeshore, and spending a lot of time on the ice edge up to seven miles from shore. (©Tom McDonald)


Updated 2/14/14 - Cranberry is an immature male that was banded by Tom McDonald near Rochester, NY, also on Jan. 25, 2014. Like Braddock, he has been sticking to the Lake Ontario lakeshore and periodically exploring out into the lake. (©Tom McDonald)


Updated 4/29/14 - Ramsey, an immature male, is our first owl tagged in Minnesota. After being caught Jan. 26, 2014, by Frank Nicoletti and David Alexander, he remained within a fairly limited area in the town of Ramsey, just north of the Twin Cities, in an area with a mix of parkland, highways, commercial and residential development for most of the winter. (©Frank Nicoletti)


Updated 3/18/14 - Duxbury is a female owl trapped Jan. 29 at Logan Airport in Boston by Norman Smith, and relocated to Duxbury Beach, MA, north of Plymouth. (©Raymond MacDonald)


Updated 5/5/14 - A heavily marked immature male, Kewaunee was tagged Feb. 4 by Gene Jacobs about four miles south of his namesake town in eastern Wisconsin, close to the shore of Lake Michigan, where he hunts the open expanses of flat farmland. (©Gene Jacobs)

Sandy Neck

Updated 4/07/14 - Captured at Logan Airport in Boston on Feb. 5, Sandy Neck is an immature female. She was tagged and, like all the owls captured at Logan, relocated for her safety — in her case, to Sandy Neck Beach near Barnstable on Cape Cod. (©Raymond MacDonald)


Updated 4/26/14 - Captured at Philadelphia International Airport, Amishtown is an immature male that was relocated Feb. 12 for his safety to farmland in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where other Snowy Owls have been seen this winter. Unlike Philly, he has remained in his relocation area. (©Scott Weidensaul)


Updated 3/1/14 - Henlopen, an immature male, was banded on February 9 by Steve Huy on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, and released in the same area. So far he appears to be following the same tracks that Assateague took up the around the Delaware Bay and through New Jersey. (©Steve Huy)


Updated 5/4/14 – Hungerford, an immature female, was banded on Feb. 17 on Assateague Island near the Hungerford House, a National Park Service cabin on the Maryland end of the island, by Steve Huy. (©Allen Sklar)


Updated 4/18/14 – Womelsdorf, an immature male, was tagged March 3 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. (©Scott Weidensaul)


Updated 4/07/14 – Plum, an immature female, was trapped at Logan International Airport in Boston by Norman Smith and relocated to Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge on March 4. (©Raymond MacDonald)


Updated 4/07/14
Marshfield, an immature female, was tagged on March 6 in Wood County, Wisconsin by Gene Jacobs of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (©Gene Jacobs)


Updated 6/4/14 - Oswegatchie, an immature male, was tagged on March 8 in Odgensburg, New York by Tom McDonald, along the St. Lawrence River. (©Tom McDonald)


Updated 3/27/14 – This immature male was originally banded by Scott Weidensaul on Jan. 31, 2014, near State College, PA, where the owl was frequenting the airport. Moved by USDA Wildlife Services to Perry County, PA, Wiconisco moved 15 miles farther east himself, and was recaptured and tagged by Weidensaul March 11. He was named for Wiconisco Creek, which flows through the farming valley where he was tagged. (Photo ©Beth Sanders)


Updated 4/07/14 – This immature female was so named for being the 100th snowy owl relocated from Logan Airport in Boston this winter by Norman Smith. Tagged March 15, she was also the largest, weighing 2,627 grams — almost six pounds. Century was released at Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge, at the mouth of the Merrimack River in northeastern Massachusetts. (photo ©Raymond MacDonald)


Updated 3/30/14 – This immature female was trapped on Martin State Airport near Baltimore, MD and relocated to the Monocacy River watershed. This is our 22nd, and final, owl to receive a transmitter this season. (photo ©Dave Brinker)