Dorval is Back!

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I’ll have more details tomorrow, but a short while ago Dorval — an adult female moved from the Montréal airport last winter as part of our study into ways to keep relocated owls from returning to airfields — checked in after coming south from the Arctic. What’s more, it’s clear from her tracking data that she nested in the northern … Read More

Your Support Makes Our Work — All of It — Possible

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Project SNOWstorm is underwritten entirely by donations, large and small, from the public, and is made possible by our team of researchers, banders and veterinarians who donate their time and expertise. Every dollar we raise goes into the field or the lab. We know this is a difficult year for many who follow our work at SNOWstorm. If you’re in … Read More

A New Season Amid Unusual Challenges

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To our friends in the U.S., we hope you had a happy Thanksgiving this week, and here’s hoping everyone in the SNOWstorm community, everywhere, is remaining safe and healthy during this trying and difficult time. For all of us at Project SNOWstorm — and we suspect for many of you as well — the natural world has been a source … Read More

ISOWG – All in This Together

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(Earlier this year, SNOWstorm team members David Brinker and Jean-François [J.F.] Therrien joined snowy owl research colleagues from around the world for a periodic meeting of the International Snowy Owl Working Group — which, by the time it ended, proved to be a bit more nerve-wracking than they expected. Here’s their report.) ————– Back in the day when international travel … Read More

The Last Three

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It’s spring — although here in New England, where I live, and in other parts of the East, you’d have been hard-pressed to know recently, with accumulating snow last weekend as far south as the mid-Atlantic region. Still, our tagged snowy owls realize the seasons are moving fast, and they have been as well. In the past couple of weeks, … Read More

A Snowy Owl Comes to Cape Ann

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Wherever you are during this pandemic lockdown, here’s a special treat to ease the passing of time. Kim Smith, a naturalist and filmmaker on the North Shore of Massachusetts, spent the winter of 2018 shadowing a young female snowy owl on windy, stormy Cape Ann. The result was five short films about the owl, which Kim was kind enough to … Read More

Norman Smith, Champion of the Owls

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We’re delighted to add to the applause for Project SNOWstorm co-founder Norman Smith of Massachusetts, who was honored last month with the “Champion of Owls” award at the annual Festival of Owls in Houston, MN. Norman, as many of our supporters know, has studied snowy owls since the early 1980s while working for Massachusetts Audubon, from which he recently retired. … Read More

Attaboy, Otter!

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This time of year, we can see some really dramatic changes — and that certainly has happened within the past week or so. We’ve gone from 15 owls in regular contact to just six, as most of the rest have apparently migrated out of cell range. Perhaps not surprisingly, two of the owls that wintered farthest north — Pettibone in … Read More

Losing Buckeye

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We’ve seen some major migration to the north this past week, including one owl that is most of the way to James Bay — but the biggest news is the saddest, because we’ve lost one of our oldest and most interesting owls. You’ll recall my relief last week that, having survived a winter at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), Buckeye was … Read More

The Pull of Spring

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These have been strange and disquieting days for everyone, no less so for those of us with Project SNOWstorm. The global coronavirus pandemic has upended — well, pretty much everything. But even in hard times, owl research goes on. As of now, everyone on the SNOWstorm team is healthy; most are working from home, but some have unfortunately experienced layoffs … Read More