Romulus is an immature male snowy owl captured by Selena Creed at the Detroit Metro Airport, tagged with her help by Nova Mackentley and Chris Neri from Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and released in Huron County, MI, on Feb. 26, 2022. He was named for the town of Romulus, MI, where the airport is located. Romulus’ transmitter was paid for … Read More


Wolverine is a adult male first banded at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) in 2017, and recaptured there Dec. 31, 2019. He was tagged and relocated to central Michigan, but dropped his transmitter a week later. That transmitter (funded by donations to SNOWstorm) was redeployed on Buckeye. Latest Updates


A juvenile female, Gichigami was tagged Feb. 10, 2018, by Nova Mackentley and Chris Neri at Whitefish Point, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her name is a rendering of the original Ojibwe name for Lake Superior, and her transmitter was funded by generous donations from the public. Gichigami spent much of the winter on the ice of Lake Superior, … Read More


Pickford, a juvenile female, was tagged Feb. 2, 2018, by Nova Mackentkley and Chris Neri near Pickford, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just 2 miles (3.4 km) from Pennington. She was occupying the same winter territory used in 2015 by Chippewa. Pickford’s transmitter was underwritten by donations from the public. She left Lake Superior in early May and migrated … Read More


At at least five years of age (based on wing molt), Pennington is the oldest owl we’ve tagged as part of Project SNOWstorm. This almost pure white male was tagged Feb. 2, 2018, by Nova Mackentkley and Chris Neri near Pickford, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just 2 miles (3.4 km) from Pickford. His transmitter was underwritten by donations … Read More

Whitefish Point

This adult female was trapped by SNOWstorm cooperators Nova Mackentley and Chris Neri on March 5, 2015. She is the fourth snowy owl marked with a transmitter in Michigan. Her unit is sponsored by an anonymous donor. Of particular interest is the fact that she occupies the territory immediately to the west of Chippewa, another adult female tagged earlier in … Read More


This third-year female was captured at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) by USDA Wildlife Services and relocated to northwestern Ohio. She was tagged by Mark Shieldcastle from Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and released Feb. 15, 2015, in farmland north of Oak Harbor, OH. Buckeye is part of Project SNOWstorm’s and Wildlife Services’s efforts to learn more about the most effective methods and distances to safely relocate … Read More

Prairie Ronde

Prairie Ronde, an after-third-year female, was trapped by USDA Wildlife Services at the MBS International Airport in Saginaw, MI, as part of their ongoing operations to remove snowy owls from these dangerous environments. She was banded, tagged and relocated Feb. 11, 2015, to relict prairie and farmland in Prairie Ronde Township near Schoolcraft, MI.  Her transmitter was paid for by donations to Project … Read More


This third year female was trapped near Pickford, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on Feb. 8, 2015, and fitted with a transmitter sponsored by Michigan Bird Conservation, a collaboration of the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory/Kalamazoo Nature Center, Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society and Michigan Audubon Society. She is one a large concentration of snowy owls on … Read More


Alma was trapped at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, banded, tagged and relocated 84 miles (136 km) southeast to the Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, MI. He is an adult male, probably in his third year. This is the first SNOWstorm Snowy Owl for Michigan, the result of a wide, collaborative network between researchers, a local … Read More