Century


This immature female was so named for being the 100th snowy owl relocated from Logan Airport in Boston in the winter of 2013-14 by Norman Smith (who ultimately moved 120 snowy owls from Logan). Tagged March 15, 2014, she was also the largest of Smith’s owls, weighing 2,627 grams — almost six pounds.

Century was released at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, at the mouth of the Merrimack River in northeastern Massachusetts. She eventually began a large, circling movement south and west, through Boston, into Rhode Island and Connecticut, up the Connecticut River Valley through western Massachusetts and into eastern New York, moving back and forth between Saratoga Lake and Sacandaga Lake. Her last transmission was April 6, 2014.

She returned on November 30, 2014 reporting her summer travels in the Ungava Peninsula through mid June.

Thanks to support from hundreds of people, Project SNOWstorm put GPS transmitters on 22 snowy owls during the winter of 2013-14 to study their ecology and movements while on the wintering grounds. Our work is ongoing, but we remain funded entirely by contributions from individuals and birding groups. Your support will allows us to continue this important research on these beautiful birds. Please donate to this project to make it a success!

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