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April 10, 2022

The Pull of the North

Breaking, and very unwelcome news: As I was preparing to post this update, we learned that Roc, the adult female tagged by Tom McDonald’s team at the Douglass-Greater Rochester (NY) airport earlier this winter, was found dead along on off-ramp…

Alderbrooke

Amherst

Bleuet

Britton

Columbia

Echo

Fond du Lac

Hochelaga

Nicolet

Ondanak

Otter

Roc

Romulus

Stella

Wells

Yul

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April 8, 2022

Sad News

To our great sadness and disappointment, Amherst’s injuries were worse than we thought, and she did not make it. As I explained in our last post Amherst, an adult female we tagged in February 2020, was found about six weeks…

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March 23, 2022

Some TLC for Amherst

One of our previously tagged owls to return last autumn was Amherst, an adult female captured in February 2020 on Amherst Island on Lake Ontario. She was fitted with what was then an experimental GSM cellular/Argos satellite hybrid transmitter. After…

Amherst

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March 21, 2022

On the Move (Direction, um…Uncertain)

The past couple of weeks have seen some pulses of late-winter warmth into the Northeast, and along with longer days, it’s definitely having an effect on some of our owls. This is the time of year when we expect breeding-age…

Bleuet

Britton

Columbia

Echo

Fond du Lac

Hochelaga

Nicolet

Odanak

Otter

Roc

Romulus

Stella

Wells

Yul

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March 20, 2022

Echo on the Ice

First off, an apology for the long silence the past couple of weeks. I was out of the country co-leading a Peruvian Amazon tour (during which we got to see a few owls — no snowies, obviously, but one trip…

Echo

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March 3, 2022

Romulus (No Remus, at Least Not Yet)

Even as the season’s winding down, things are heating back up. We have a new owl in Michigan to introduce — Romulus, an immature male named, not for one of the legendary founders of ancient Rome (at least not directly),…

Romulus