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January 22, 2023

Introducing Salyer

Our banding teams have been making up for lost time recently, and that includes our longtime colleague Matt Solensky, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Research Center in North Dakota, who in his spare time traps and…

Salyer

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January 19, 2023

Next up: Newton

As we indicated in our last post, our newest banding team up in Ontario has been busy. On Jan. 7 Charlotte England and Malcolm Wilson from the Simcoe Raptor Research Group tagged Huron, an adult female — and a few…

Huron

Newton

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January 17, 2023

Howdy, Huron!

It’s been a slow start to the season, but not for a lack of trying on the part of our cooperating banders — and that’s finally paying off as more snowy owls have moved into their territories. Our newest trapping…

Columbia

Huron

Otter

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January 11, 2023

How Does This Winter Stack Up?

Happy 2023, a bit belatedly — I hope the new year is off to a peaceful start for everyone. Columbia certainly seems to have found her spot, and every check-in shows her using a fairly small 11 sq. km (4.25…

Columbia

Otter

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December 30, 2022

A Year-end Update, and an Out-of-Place Owl

Here’s hoping everyone is enjoying the final days of 2022. It certainly seems as though Columbia has found her spot for the winter, just southeast of Carman, Manitoba, where she’s been hanging out since the beginning of December. It’s always…

Columbia

Otter

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December 19, 2022

Otter’s Back on the Grid

Well, just a day after our last update on Dec. 14 lamenting how quietly the season was starting, we got the great news that Otter — our 2019-tagged adult male fitted with a hybrid satellite-GSM transmitter so we can track…

Columbia

Otter