Wells’ Excellent Summer Adventure

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As we mentioned last week, two of our 2016-17 owls have come back south and checked in. Chickatawbut has been quiet since her initial check, likely because her battery is still recharging. But Wells checked in a few days ago and uploaded her entire previous eight months’ worth of data, all in one enormous batch — the first time we’ve … Read More

Island Beach and Lenape, Down the Shore

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From literally the beginning of Project SNOWstorm in 2013, we’ve tracked snowy owls to the New Jersey coast. Our very first bird, Assateague, was captured in Maryland but quickly flew to New Jersey and spent the rest of the winter there. So, in subsequent years, did others tagged farther south, like Hungerford and Baltimore. But despite many attempts we’ve always … Read More

Sterling and Hilton Head West

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Now that’s an amazing picture. On Sunday, Tom McDonald and Melissa Mance Coniglio were trapping snowies at Fair Haven Beach on Little Sodus Bay, near Sterling, New York, on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Working one bird, they caught the attention of two others. With the first owl already captured, a second owl came in as well, with a third … Read More

Chickatawbut and Wells Come Back

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Well, it’s been a busy week around here, an no mistake. We launched our 2017-18 research season, which is going gangbusters (thank you to everyone who has helped so far). We got Hilton, our first new owl of the season tagged, and we have been chasing snowies in a number of places, as we’ve shared with you all. We’ll have … Read More

On the Shoulders of Giants: Tom McDonald

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This is part of a periodic series on influential and pioneering snowy owl researchers, on whose work Project SNOWstorm is building.  * * * * * Although Project SNOWstorm is just marking its fourth birthday, we’re fortunate to have some of the most experienced snowy owl researchers in the world as part of our core team. One of the best … Read More

First of the Season: Hilton!

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Our colleague Tom McDonald has kicked off the 2017-18 season in great form, tagging our first owl of the winter — a juvenile female he nicknamed “Hilton” for the town along Lake Ontario in western New York where she was caught. Hilton was captured near sunset the day after Thanksgiving along a newly finished rock jetty that pokes out into … Read More

SNOWstorm at 4

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This time four years ago, I was contemplating a quiet winter in which I could finish the manuscript for a then already-overdue book on owls. What I wasn’t expecting was that just a week or two later my life — and the lives of dozens of my friends and colleagues — would be upended when […]

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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