One winter, as food gets scarce, a snowy owl finds herself forced to look in new and unfamiliar spots in order to find food and a place to call home. Based on a true story, A Snowy Owl Story describes, through the tale of one particular owl, the recent irruption of snowy owls all across the United States. Through a simple narrative, youngsters will learn about migration, adaptation, and respectful human interaction with nature. This board book, published by Islandport Press in cooperation with Maine Audubon, is written and designed specifically for a preschool market.
Author Melissa Kim and Islandport Press were kind enough to offer 25 copies of A Snowy Owl Story as perks for contributing to the Indiegogo campaign at the $50 level. We really appreciate their help in getting Project SNOWstorm to (and beyond!) our 2014-15 fundraising goal of $15,000.
Contribute on Indiegogo at the $50 level today and you will receive a signed copy of this beautiful book at the end of the campaign. Don’t wait too long as there are only 25 books left. This would be a great gift for the kids and grandkids in your life!
Judy Forbes McKellar
Just ordered one :)
Thanks! It really is a great looking book :)
Yay! Got one!
Wow! These are going fast. Only 9 more books left as of 8am!
Just ordered two! Hope our blog post over the weekend, about the attempt to band Orion the Snowy Owl in Maine, is helping with the Indiegogo campaign. May the stars be aligned for Orion to fly over Acadia National Park!
Facebook pages of Acadia National Park Community, Friends of Acadia and National Parks Traveler have shared our blog post, as well as Maine Audubon on Twitter. Thanks for this perk, and all the work into better understanding Snowies!
Here’s our blog post, which we also put on Project SNOWstorm’s Facebook page: http://acadiaonmymind.com/2015/03/snowy-owl-orion-acadia-national-park/
acadiaonmymind We appreciate the enthusiasm for a Maine owl, which we share. This winter has been a reminder that trapping and tagging one can be difficult, and our partners in Maine (Maine Wildlife Services, working mostly at the Portland Jetport, and the Biodiversity Research Institute) haven’t been successful this winter despite a lot of effort, and they’re still trying. But this will be an ongoing partnership, and if we are unable to tag one this winter, we’ll be trying again next year.
FYI, though, Project SNOWstorm’s protocol is to name owls for their capture or (in the case of relocated airport owls) release site, so we’re unlikely to be naming an owl for the P-3 Orion sub hunter aircraft that used to fly out of Portland, as indicated in the blog post linked above. We gave the question of owl names a lot of thought at the beginning of the project. We wanted to avoid human or pet-like names, to minimize anthropomorphism, but using transmitter or band numbers makes it hard for the public (and, frankly, for us) to keep all the birds straight. Picking locale names like Plum (Plum Island, MA), or Chippewa (Chippewa Co., MI) seemed like a good compromise.
Again, thanks for everyone’s great support.
scottweidensaul acadiaonmymind Hi Scott, thanks for the reply. MIght it be named for Orion the Hunter constellation? That, along with the P-3 reference, was the information provided by Biodiversity Research Institute. Can update post accordingly. Thanks again.
acadiaonmymind scottweidensaul There was just some confusion with BRI, which is a new partner to SNOWstorm, about our naming protocol. But first we have get an owl in Maine, and BRI and Wildlife Services have been trying really hard for the past month, but have had buzzard’s luck (to use a bird saying) in trying to trap and relocate airport owls in the Pine Cone State.
scottweidensaul acadiaonmymind Hi Scott, wishing the Maine partners of SNOWstorm the best of luck (buzzard’s luck is a new one for us, and wouldn’t wish that on anyone we like!).
If the naming protocol means a Snowy Owl trapped and relocated in Maine might take on the name of the place it’s released in, we’d vote for Acadia. More than 2.5 million people a year visit that national park, it’s hospitable territory judging by all the eBird reports, and not too close to airports. (By the way, it’s Pine Tree State – speaking of naming protocols!)
Imagine all the fans of Acadia the park who might become fans of Acadia the Snowy Owl..
We’ll gladly update the blog, whenever Maine’s first Snowy Owl becomes part of Project SNOWstorm, and whatever its name may be.
Thanks again for all the work that Project SNOWstorm is doing, to deepen our understanding of this amazing visitor from the Arctic.