Amishtown was an immature male snowy owl, captured Feb. 12, 2014, at Philadelphia International Airport and relocated 50 miles west it Lancaster County, PA. He spent the winter roaming a large large area of Lancaster County’s heavily Amish farmland, which with its lack of cover is ideal for snowy owls.

In late March he began moving rapidly north across Pennsylvania and western New York, lingering first on the south shore, then the north shore of Lake Ontario. From there he migrated northwest to Georgian Bay, which was still frozen, and his last transmission came from near Killarney, at the north end of Georgian Bay, on April 23, 2014. The cell network ends just a short distance to the north of this location.

Thanks to support from hundreds of people, Project SNOWstorm put GPS transmitters on 22 snowy owls during the winter of 2013-14 to study their ecology and movements while on the wintering grounds. Our work is ongoing, but we remain funded entirely by contributions from individuals and birding groups. Your support will allows us to continue this important research on these beautiful birds. Please donate to this project to make it a success!

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