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Snowy owls captured at Maine airports being tracked by satellite
By Aislinn Sarnacki
Last winter, a group of researchers set out to capture a snowy owl in Maine. Their goal was to outfit the bird with a high-tech tracking device so it could become a part of Project SNOWstorm, a collaborative research project to learn more about snowy owls and their mysterious winter migrations.
Despite their efforts, the researchers were unsuccessful. That season, Project SNOWstorm captured and placed GPS transmitters on snowy owls from Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, but the “snowies” hunting in Maine that winter remained elusive and returned to their breeding grounds in the Arctic that spring without being tagged.
This winter, however, Maine finally made its way onto the Project SNOWstorm map.
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