Notes from a Snowy Owl Invasion

Notes from a Snowy Owl Invasion

The majestic birds of the far north are traveling as far south as Bermuda.

By Kenn Kaufman
Published: 12/04/2013
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Kenn Kaufman

Type: Author | From: Audubon Magazine

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A weak and emaciated snowy

A weak and emaciated snowy owl was found on a golf course in northern Westchester County, NY this week & taken to a vet but, sadly, it did not survive. The American Museum of Natural History in NYC was able to collect this bird after its death. We were glad to hear that important scientific information can be obtained from these specimens so that some good will come from this.

Nov/Dec 2013 eBird map of current snowy owl reports here:
http://bit.ly/18pyIFk

A snowy owl was recently

A snowy owl was recently photographed on a research ship about 150 miles off shore off Cape Cod. The picture can be seen here http://m.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=52996&i=29462. You might find this interesting as well. http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=67257

I live on the East End (South

I live on the East End (South Shore) of Long Island. I fish the ocean beaches alot. Last week I saw an adult Snowy and this morning a small (young) one. I spend many hours outdoors and have seen only 4 in my life, including these two. Magnificent and eerie birds....

One thing climate change

One thing climate change science has taught us is how much we don't know about climate change. However, this has made opportunity for refreshing new ideas. One such is the "wave" effect of climate change as it moves west to east around the northern hemisphere on a multi-decadal time frame. If the wave effect checks out it, the science will profoundly help us understand the Snowy Owl. Only recently we have learned that at least 50% of the owls winter on the sea ice. The extent of sea ice is a direct function of the wave.

See Wyatt and Curry. 2013. Role for Eurasian Arctic shelf sea ice in a secularly varying hemispheric climate signal. during the 20th century (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-013-1950-2)

Clearly, there is great

Clearly, there is great activity going on in the wizarding world. You muggles wouldn't understand.

Global warming.

Global warming.

Have there been any records

Have there been any records ever in Texas? How far south do they get in Missouri?

Have there been any records

Have there been any records ever of the Snowy Owl in Texas? And how far south do they get in Missouri?

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