Tribute to Bob Gallagher

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Tom McDonald, one of our Project SNOWstorm founders, lost a close friend and longtime collaborator in his snowy owl research this past year. Here is Tom’s tribute to his friend Bob Gallagher. ——— During the busy snowy owl season, you’ll usually find our blog post regaling our readers and followers with exciting adventures and stories, highlighting the trials and tribulations … Read More

Zugunruhe to You, Too!

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We’re just a few weeks away from the spring equinox, and as the sun creeps higher in the sky and days begin the lengthen dramatically in the northern latitudes, this is when we start to expect some restlessness to set in among our tagged owls. And that’s exactly what’s been happening the past couple of weeks. It’s not a rush … Read More

Hail, Columbia!

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We’re happy to have a new owl on the grid in Wisconsin — Columbia, captured near Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary in Arlington, WI. SNOWstorm collaborator Gene Jacobs has worked closely with the Madison Audubon folks since 2015, when he tagged an adult male we nicknamed Goose Pond, whose transmitter they sponsored. In 2018, again with the chapter’s support, he … Read More

Good News Across the Board

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The news this week is good. Several owls that had been in dicey places have moved (or, in one case, been moved) to safer locales. Buckeye is, at least, keeping to the less busy parts of Detroit Metro Airport, and after a month on the lam, Pearl is back on the grid, with more than a thousand GPS points tracing … Read More

Dorval, A Feathered Boomerang

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With the continuing cooperation of Falcon Environmental Services at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, we have another tagged snowy owl in southern Québec — Dorval, an adult female named for a community that borders the airport and a nearby island in the St. Lawrence River. Dorval is, as they say, “known to authorities” — she was first trapped at the airport on … Read More

City Owl, Country Owl

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While the big news lately has been Wolverine losing his transmitter and Buckeye getting hers, our other tagged owls have been keeping us busy, watching their movements, worrying abouy them and trying — as we always do — the better understand the ecology of these birds through their tracking data. Of our two owls in southern Québec, only Otter is … Read More

Where to Begin? How About With Buckeye 2.0?

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I’m not sure where to start. Maybe with an apology; the lapse in recent updates hasn’t been a reflection of a lack of news, but a lack of time. As we’ve noted before, everyone involved with SNOWstorm is a volunteer, and sometimes our paying jobs get in the way. In my case, a couple of big deadlines, combined with a … Read More

New Maps Ready

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Tracking maps are now available for our three newest tagged owls — Coteau in North Dakota, Wolverine in Michigan, and Redwood in New York. Have fun following their movements!      

Wolverine and Redwood

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Some folks were taking it easy over the holidays, but not the Project SNOWstorm crew — and as a result, we have two newly tagged snowy owls to tell you about. Selena Creed must have a thing about working holidays. She’s the wildlife biologist at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) who caught Buckeye on Christmas Eve, allowing us to recover his … Read More

Update – Coteau

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Never fails — after waiting a week for Coteau to check in, she did so just a few hours after I posted my last update today. We don’t have her interactive map up yet (that may take a couple of days) but here’s a screenshot showing how her movements overlap with those in weeks past of Medina (red) and Pearl … Read More