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SNOWday Science: Are Snowy Owls Diurnal or Nocturnal? 9

Use the SNOWstorm Tracker to explore the travels of Snowy Owl “Assateague” for 24 hours along Reed’s Beach, Cape May, New Jersey and draw your own conclusion about whether “Assateague” is diurnal or nocturnal. Red arrows indicate daytime or diurnal movements. Blue arrows indicate nighttime or nocturnal movements. Backgrounder First some definitions. Nocturnal animals are active at night. Diurnal animals are active during the day. The existing literature is pretty definitive that Snowy Owls are not strictly nocturnal or diurnal. A few examples follow: PBS’s Nature: Snowy Owl Infographic (2012) “Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.” National Geographic: Snowy Owl (2014) “Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they […]

Meet Project SNOWstorm’s #1 fan! 6

One of the unexpected surprises for the SNOWstorm team is who has turned out to be our strongest promoters. Carl Wagner is a 9-year-old third grader from Honey Brook, PA. He discovered Operation SNOWstorm with his mom and 2 older brothers. They all got very excited when they learned that Philly’s release site was within 3 miles of their home and that Philly had landed on landmarks in the area that they all knew well.  This picture of Carl was taken at his local little league fields, just a quarter of a mile from one of Philly’s stops atop a farm building at an Amish farm complex as he began his initial descent back into PHL. But out of the 3 […]