Coyote Graphics Fundraiser a Success!

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Thanks to everyone who made our fundraiser with Michael Boardman and Coyote Graphics in Maine such a big success. You’ll recall that Michael offered to donate $5 to Project SNOWstorm for every owl-themed t-shirt that they sold — and they sold a bunch! By the end of the promotion Feb. 21, SNOWstorm supporters had ordered 90 Coyote shirts, which translates … Read More

Wells is on Her Way

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If you live anywhere in the Midwest or East, we don’t have to tell you that the past week was bizarrely warm, with record-high temperatures across a huge swath of the country. That weather — coupled with the longer days — may be having an effect on the snowy owls. And one in particular, because Wells has left the building. … Read More

Catching Chase Lake

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It’s been a rather frustrating winter for Matt Solensky, our Project SNOWstorm colleague in North Dakota. His hope (and ours) — that he would be able to quickly trap and tag a couple of prairie-hunting snowy owls this winter — proved to be a little too optimistic. Deep and crusted snow kept the number of owls in eastern North Dakota … Read More

Dakota and Hardscrabble: The Rest of the Story

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As we’ve mentioned before, due to some unexplained hiccup the transmitters on our three returnee owls — Dakota, Hardscrabble and Baltimore — all experienced a glitch on Jan. 1, when they stopped downloading their backlogged GPS locations, leaving us without seven or eight months’ worth of stored movement data. Baltimore’s unit subsequently went completely dark (which is why we’ve tried … Read More

All Settled In

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An all’s-well report on our cadre of snowies — as of the end of last week, everyone was just where he or she was expected to be. How long it remains that way, though, will be interesting to see. The days are getting longer, which may start nudging up hormone levels in our adult birds, making them restless with the … Read More

A Perch with an Historical View (and a Big Thank You!)

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Some weeks are exciting, some weeks are more of the even-keel variety. This is one of the latter — but we do have a terrific milestone to note, with gratitude. Our five tagged owls have all settled into winter territories, including Wells, who initially had us worried that she’d hightail it back to the Portland (Maine) airport where she’d been caught. … Read More

Trying for Baltimore

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Like parents, we try not to pick favorites — but over the years, Baltimore has become first among equals in the 45 snowy owls we’ve tagged. Banded in 2014 and given a transmitter in 2015, we’ve tracked Baltimore north and back over several years, generating the most detailed movement record for any snowy owl, anywhere. So we were thrilled on … Read More

CJAI’s New Mascot

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Last winter, our tagged owl Baltimore spent a lot of time hanging out on the broadcast antenna of CJAI-FM  on Amherst Island in Lake Ontario, which brags that it’s the smallest radio station in Canada. (Their antenna is on top of a dairy farm silo.) This year Baltimore’s spending the winter west of Ottawa, but he’s not forgotten on Amherst. When Janet … Read More

Buy an Owl Shirt, Help SNOWstorm

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Michael Boardman at Coyote Graphics in Maine has made a habit of helping bird conservation through the sale of Coyote’s tee-shirt designs, and this winter he’s doing it again to help our efforts here at Project SNOWstorm. Through Feb. 21, if you purchase any of their owl-related shirts, Coyote Graphics will donate $5 per shirt to our work — so you can … Read More

Wandering Wells

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In our last update, we mentioned that Wells — the newly relocated airport owl — was sticking close to her release site at Rachel Carson NWR in southern Maine…at least for the first day or so. That didn’t last long, however. She checked in Thursday night, and Wells lit out pretty quickly — possibly pushed out by an untagged snowy … Read More