City Owl, Country Owl

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While the big news lately has been Wolverine losing his transmitter and Buckeye getting hers, our other tagged owls have been keeping us busy, watching their movements, worrying abouy them and trying — as we always do — the better understand the ecology of these birds through their tracking data. Of our two owls in southern Qu├ębec, only Otter is … Read More

Where to Begin? How About With Buckeye 2.0?

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I’m not sure where to start. Maybe with an apology; the lapse in recent updates hasn’t been a reflection of a lack of news, but a lack of time. As we’ve noted before, everyone involved with SNOWstorm is a volunteer, and sometimes our paying jobs get in the way. In my case, a couple of big deadlines, combined with a … Read More

Wolverine and Redwood

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Some folks were taking it easy over the holidays, but not the Project SNOWstorm crew — and as a result, we have two newly tagged snowy owls to tell you about. Selena Creed must have a thing about working holidays. She’s the wildlife biologist at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) who caught Buckeye on Christmas Eve, allowing us to recover his … Read More

Buckeye Returns!

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Sometimes Santa comes just a little bit early. On Tuesday, as my wife and I were rushing to meet her family for a Christmas Eve gathering, we got an email and an urgent message through Facebook from Selena Creed, a wildlife biologist at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Michigan. She’d just caught a snowy owl on the runway — and … Read More

Wampum’s Gone

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Dancing around bad news never makes it any easier to give or receive, so I’ll simply say that we lost an owl last week, and it still feels like a punch to the gut. It was Wampum, the adult female who had been playing with fire much of the winter at several New England airports. She was found dead Thursday … Read More

Buckeye’s Bonanza

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One of the most exciting developments this winter was the unexpected reappearance on Feb. 22 of Buckeye, our first Ohio snowy owl, tagged last winter after being relocated from the Detroit airport. Her transmitter quickly uploaded a new configuration designed to maximize battery power and speed the download of her stored data — and that has worked spectacularly well. In … Read More

Spring is in the Air

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If you live in the Northeast, you didn’t need much of a hint that spring is coming early this year — it was T-shirt weather across much of the region this week. Here in Pennsylvania, where I live, sheets of migrant tundra swans, Canada and snow geese were papering the skies the past few mornings, and spring peepers and wood … Read More

Buckeye’s Back!

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Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting noticeably longer — and that’s having an effect on birds of all sorts, including snowy owls. The past week or two we’ve started seeing some significant movement — not migration, and not necessarily northbound, but a sign of seasonal restlessness setting in. And with predictions for dramatically warmer weather across much … Read More

From Great Lake to Great Lake

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The latest round of check-ins show that more and more of the tagged snowies are getting the itch to move — some in quite dramatic ways. For instance, Whitefish Point, who has rarely moved more than one section road from her winter territory on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this winter, took a long ramble on March 31, flying about … Read More

Surprises, East to West

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Thursday night was our weekly check-in. As always there were some surprises, and some owls we didn’t hear from…whether out of cell range, or suffering a temporarily low battery, we can’t say. Here are ones that checked in. Starting from the east, Orleans remains regular as clockwork along I-81 in upstate New York, just a few miles south of the … Read More