Snowy Owl Update

I’ve written 3 posts before about the snowy owl  (Nyctea scandiaca) , The Snowy Owl Being Saved at JFK Airport, Followup: The Snowy Owl Being Saved at JFK Airport., and Snowy Owls Hit The Big Apple.  Now I have some new data for those few who find this magnificent creature interesting.

The latest issue of National Wildlife from the National Wildlife Federation contains an article about how they have invaded the U.S. from the Canadian Arctic and have been seen as far south as Florida.  This is the biggest invasion of snowy owls in a century.

Photo shows a Snowy Owl flying over Pennsylvania.  It has a tracking device on  the top of it.  There are around 23 owls with these tracking devices.  The tracking devices cost $3,000 each.
Photo shows a Snowy Owl flying over Pennsylvania. You can see on its top a GPS/GSM transmitter–solar-powered devices that record precise locations (longitude, longitude and altitude) in 3D using the same GPS system a smartphone taps into.  It’s like getting text messages from the owls.. There are 22 owls with these tracking devices. The tracking devices cost $3,000 each and were paid for by contributions.  (photo from the National Wildlife magazine Feb/March 2015)

I figure it’s only a matter of time until the owl figures out how to remove the tracking device.

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