Daily Archives: November 20, 2014


Report from the Arctic 15

By Jean-François Therrien Every year since the late 1980s, a group of researchers of which I feel lucky to call myself part has headed north to the high Arctic — as do snowy owls — to monitor their summer breeding areas. Our long-term study site is on Bylot Island in Nunavut, Canada, at 73 degrees north, above Baffin Island. It has seen several lemming and owl outbreaks over the last 25 years, but because lemming and owl numbers fluctuate tremendously annually, you never know what you are going to get. Indeed, during the summer of 2013 Bylot Island had very few lemmings to offer, and as a result, no owls were seen. Instead, lemmings were plentiful in the Salluit region […]