The goal of Project SNOWstorm is to increase knowledge of many aspects of the Snowy Owls life history. To that end, we are committed to publishing our findings in peer reviewed journals, a tangible outcome of the crowd funds we are so honored to receive.

Publications

Miller, E. A., Driscoll, C. P., Davison, S., Murphy, L., Bronson, E., Wack, A., Rivas, A., & Brown, J. (2015). Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) morbidity and mortality investigation in the DOS region in the winters of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Delmarva Ornithologist, 44, 4–12. Download
Therrien, J.-F., Weidensaul, S., Brinker, D., Huy, S., Miller, T., Jacobs, E., Weber, D., McDonald, T., Lanzone, M., Smith, N., & Lecomte, N. (2017). Winter Use of a Highly Diverse Suite of Habitats by Irruptive Snowy Owls. Northeastern Naturalist, 24, B81–B89. https://doi.org/10.1656/045.024.s712 Download
Curk, T., McDonald, T., Zazelenchuk, D., Weidensaul, S., Brinker, D., Huy, S., Smith, N., Miller, T., Robillard, A., Gauthier, G., Lecomte, N., & Therrien, J.-F. (2018). Winter irruptive Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) in North America are not starving. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 96(6), 553–558. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2017-0278 Download
Baker, K. C., Rettenmund, C. L., Sander, S. J., Rivas, A. E., Green, K. C., Mangus, L., & Bronson, E. (2018). Clinical Effect Of Hemoparasite Infections In Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 49(1), 143–152. https://doi.org/10.1638/2017-0042R.1 Download
Santonja, P., Mestre, I., Weidensaul, S., Brinker, D., Huy, S., Smith, N., Mcdonald, T., Blom, M., Zazelenchuck, D., Weber, D., Gauthier, G., Lecomte, N., & Therrien, J.-F. (2019). Age composition of winter irruptive Snowy Owls in North America. Ibis, 161(1), 211–215. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12647 Download
Curk, T., Pokrovsky, I., Lecomte, N., Aarvak, T., Brinker, D. F., Burnham, K., Dietz, A., Dixon, A., Franke, A., Gauthier, G., Jacobsen, K.-O., Kidd, J., Lewis, S. B., Øien, I. J., Sokolov, A., Sokolov, V., Solheim, R., Weidensaul, S., Wiebe, K., … Safi, K. (2020). Arctic avian predators synchronise their spring migration with the northern progression of snowmelt. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 7220. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63312-0 Download
Brown, A., McCabe, R. A., Therrien, J.-F., Wiebe, K. L., Weidensaul, S., Brinker, D., Gauthier, G., & Elliott, K. H. (2021). Nomadic breeders Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) do not use stopovers to sample the summer environment. Ibis, 163(4), 1271–1281. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12950 Download
McCabe, R., Therrien, J., Wiebe, K., Gauthier, G., Brinker, D., Weidensaul, S., & Elliott, K. (2021). Landscape cover type, not social dominance, is associated with the winter movement patterns of snowy owls in temperate areas. Ornithology, 138, 1–12. Download Download
Therrien, J., Gauthier, G., McDonald, T., Smith, N., Weidensaul, S., Brinker, D., McCabe, R., Robillard, A., Bêty, J., & Lecomte, N. (2021). The irruptive nature of snowy owls: an overview of some of the recent empirical evidence. AIRO. Download
McCabe, R. A., Therrien, J.-F., Wiebe, K., Gauthier, G., Brinker, D., Weidensaul, S., Reid, D., Doyle, F. I., Jacobsen, K.-O., Aarvak, T., Øien, I. J., Solheim, R., Fitzgerald, G., Smith, N., Bates, K., Fuller, M., Miller, E., & Elliott, K. H. (2021). Density-dependent winter survival of immatures in an irruptive raptor with pulsed breeding. Oecologia. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-021-05057-9

 

Supplementary animations and infographics

  • Landscape cover type, not social dominance, is associated with the winter movement patterns of snowy owls in temperate areas. 
  • Nomadic breeders Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) do not use stopovers to sample the summer environment.
    • Migration and summer range movements of 24 Snowy Owls (download).