Birds & Blooms

5. Snowy Owl


HOT SPOT: Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Some are pure white and others show heavy black barring, but either way, snowy owls are striking. They nest in the northern tundra, near the Arctic Circle. Some winters they move far south of their breeding range, always sticking to open landscapes such as fields, coastal dunes and airports. Affectiona­tely called “snowies,” they are the heaviest owls and survive on small mammals and birds as large as waterfowl. Since 2013, Project Snowstorm has been tracking individual owls to learn more about the species’ movement patterns.

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