Dakota, an adult female, was originally banded in Michigan on Jan. 16, 2014. She was retrapped on Jan. 31, 2016, by Matt Solensky and Dave Brinker near Jamestown, North Dakota, and fitted with a transmitter — our first North Dakota owl. She wintered close to her trapping point, using large marshes and wetlands, then headed northwest through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and was last detected north of Regina, SK, on April 22, 2016.

She returned south in November 2016, having summered (and nested) near Chantrey Inlet in the central Canadian Arctic, and spent the winter of 2016-17 near Francis, SK, where she was last detected March 24, 2017.

Dakota’s transmitter was funded by contributions from the public. Please consider your own financial support via Indiegogo or a direct donation via the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, our institutional home.

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