Alderbrooke is a juvenile female trapped Dec. 9, 2020, at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport by Falcon Environmental, tagged by Rebecca McCabe and moved from the airfield as part of Project SNOWstorm’s research into the best ways to relocate snowy owls so they remain away from airports. She is named for one of the sanctuaries of Bird Protection Québec, which is supporting this research. She wintered on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, migrating north in April 2021 to the northern Ungava Peninsula, where she wandered through the summer. (As a juvenile, she was still too young to breed.) Alderbrooke returned south Nov. 18, 2021, checking in near Lac Saint-Jean, QC, but failed to send additional data that winter, leaving her fate unknown. But in Feb. 2023 she unexpectedly checked in again from southern Québec, uploading summer data from the central Canadian Arctic and spent the remainder of the winter along the St. Lawrence valley.

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