Sandy Neck, an immature female, was captured Feb. 5, 2014, at Logan Airport in Boston by Norman Smith, tagged and relocated to Sandy Neck Beach near Barnstable, on Cape Cod. She eventually moved to Martha’s Vineyard for about two months, but was apparently swamped by high winds or waves in the wake of a large nor’easter while crossing open water on March 29, 2014, and drowned. She and her transmitter were recovered the next day. (Another snowy owl, Plum, also drowned in the wake of the same storm.)
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!