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A Data Frenzy—Project SNOWstorm Uncovers Secrets of the Snowy Owl


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Photograph by Francois Portmann
From Audubon magazine:

 

It’s been another banner year for Snowy Owls, from 206 birds counted in a single day in Cape Race, Newfoundland to the third spotting ever in Florida. This year’s unprecedented irruption offered scientists a unique opportunity to study these still mysterious birds. Scott Weidensaul and other bird scientists formed Project SNOWstorm—an effort to gather new information about these remarkable raptors. Project SNOWstorm participants have tagged owls, tested blood samples, and analyzed feathers and tissue samples to learn more about these birds’ genetics, migratory habits, and threats. 

 

Read Scott’s firsthand account of the project →

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