Researchers looking at the migration patterns of snowy owls have learned a lot from Baltimore….Baltimore the snowy owl, that is.
Home base for this particular Baltimore is elsewhere in Maryland, but he spends a lot of time up north. According to Discovery, he wears a high-tech GPS transmitter that is “by far the most detailed record of the movements of any snowy owl ever tagged,” according to Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources biologist David Brinker.
Like the city, Baltimore is comfortable toggling between north and south depending on the situation. He was about 300 miles from the Arctic Circle last winter, but in the fall he decided to go south.
When we last heard about snowy owls, they were causing problems with flight paths as they showed up in mid-Atlantic cities which are much further south than they’re used to being spotted. So it’s good to hear that even if they have to be captured so human birds can take off, they can provide a little data for the trouble.
The project tracking snowy owl migration patterns is called Project SNOWstorm. They’ve got owl tracking on their website.
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