THE LIFE and TIMES of SNOWY OWLS
Presented by Tom McDonald
March 7th - 10 am
March 14th - 10 am Snowdate
During the presentation, we will cover and chronicle an entire year in the life of a snowy owl, from hatching, migration, wintering, and the bird’s return to the Arctic Circle. We will also explore how and where snowies move in New York State, as well as take an intimate look into their daily wintertime routines. Lastly, we will discuss environmental changes that are affecting their life cycle and the future of the Tundra.
Tom McDonald has been trapping, banding and studying snowy owls in New York State for 31 years. His work has been focused on migration ecology and wintering habitat and behavioral studies under his own project, SnowyWatch.
He has worked with close to 700 snowy owls and has outfitted 22 owls with state of the art GSM/GPS transmitters, funded and supported by Project SnowStorm. He has been an active and contributing member of the International Snowy Owl Working Group since 2009 and is the New York State regional coordinator for Project SnowStorm. He is presently working on a book titled, ‘Snowy Owls of New York’.