Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ohio Adds Its First Snowy Owl to Project Snowstorm

Project Snowstorm is back for its second winter (learn more about the project in my post from last year) and has been banding more Snowy Owls all over the US. This year, Ohio has gotten in on the action with its first banded Snowy Owl for the project. Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Kirtland Bird Club, and the USDA Wildlife Services joined together to capture and band the owl on February 15th. Buckeye, the name chosen for the owl, was released in rural NW Ohio after being captured and removed from Detroit Metropolitan Airport for the bird's safety. The GPS GSM tag will capture the location of Buckeye every 30 minutes and these locations are transmitted to Project Snowstorm every Thursday evening, cell tower reception permitting. You can keep track of Buckeye on the Project Snowstorm website. You can see photos from when the owl was radio-tagged on the BSBO Facebook page by following this link.

Buckeye takes flight after being radio-tagged. (Photo by Kate Zimmerman)

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