A New Season – and a Report from the Arctic

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Our research and monitoring of the tundra ecosystem continued during summer 2017 on Bylot Island (Nunavut, Canada), where for more than 25 years, my colleagues at Laval University in Quebec and I have been studying snowy owl nesting activities. Our team is pretty unique as it includes expert researchers scrutinizing almost every living organism in the ecosystem, from plants and … Read More

Oswego Forensics

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Thanks to Dr. Guy Fitzgerald, veterinarian at the University of Montreal, we have a coda of sorts on the discovery of Oswego late last month beneath high-tension electrical lines a few kilometers from the Montreal airport. Dr. Fitzgerald examined Oswego’s remains, although he noted that by the time she was recovered, there was little remaining but bones and feathers. “[Her] … Read More

R.I.P. Oswego

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This is hardly the news we wanted at the end the season: We’ve lost Oswego. Last week, as you may recall, this juvenile female was slowly working her way north and east, from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River up to the Ottawa River along the southern Quebec border. Last Wednesday, she checked in at dusk from a powerline corridor a … Read More

One River North

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We’re still watching Oswego, who is — very, very slowly — making her way north. Late last week she’d been on the St. Lawrence River near Ogdensburg, New York, but on Thursday the 18th she flew north, moving across southern Ontario and landing on Grande-Presqu’île, an island in the Ottawa River that is partially included in Plaisance National Park. After … Read More

Let Them Eat (SNOWstorm) Cake!

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking about Project SNOWstorm at the annual banquet of the Appalachian Audubon Society in central Pennsylvania — and also the treat of enjoying a SNOWstorm-themed cake for dessert! The confection featured the artwork of SNOWstorm’s own Lauren Gilpatrick from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine — she’s the one who creates the cool … Read More

Loop the Loop

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Here in the Northeast, after a wet and cold start to May the weather suddenly feels as though it’s been borrowed from summer — yet one of the owls of winter is still hanging around. The question, though, is for how much longer. Oswego, the young female tagged in January by Tom McDonald in Oswego, New York, is the only … Read More

SNOWstorm’s co-founder receives prestigious recognition

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I knew posting the following memo on SNOWstorm’s blog was going to be a challenge. The reason for this is that it honors one of SNOWstorm’s leaders and founders, Scott Weidensaul, who happens to be one of the most humble and respectful people I know. However, among our extended SNOWstorm team of collaborators, we all felt the following news had … Read More

And Then There Was One

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It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update, which doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening on the snowy owl front — just that we’ve all been incredibly busy. (SNOWstorm is our passion, but it isn’t anyone’s day job, and sometimes work gets in the way.) But the fact is that the winter season is winding down, and one by one, … Read More

Through the North Woods

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We’ve seen some big movements within the past week, and only one tagged owl (that we know of) remains on its wintering grounds. That one is Oswego, who is still hanging out on little Bass Island in eastern Lake Ontario, with occasional side trips to the mainland and even tinier Gull Island — this last a state wildlife management area with nesting … Read More

On and Off the Grid

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More and more snowies are moving north, dropping out of cell range for the summer — but we were pleased to get a big data dump from Oswego, who had been AWOL for the past month. Oswego, you’ll recall, had slipped off our radar at the beginning of March, after her transmitter showed a curious lack of solar recharge. Unsure … Read More