Brought to you by Bryan Pfeiffer (creator of the Snow Goose Scoop)

Summary – May 11: Although they’re departing for points north or have failed to survive, low number of Snowy Owls remain across the northern U.S. from Maine into the Great Plains and across southern Canada into Alberta. Your best bet for up-to-date sightings is the map (click on any map icon for site data) and the “Sightings” list below. The map now includes only recent sightings — as of May 1, 2018 — which makes it easier to navigate. On the map, note the most recent date for any particular sighting — the owl may no longer be reliable at every site.

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A live map of Snowy Owl sightings reported to eBird since May 1, 2018. These sightings come from birders and other folks who’ve found owls. eBird is brought to us by the good folks at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. Once you see the map, be sure to check the “Show Point Sooner” box in order to get data for any particular sighting. Get the Snowy Owl map »

Here’s a hot list of Snowy Owl sightings reported to eBird during the past week. Each sighting includes a map link and an eBird report of other birds seen (if reported) with the owl. (Note that the same owl, seen and reported by lots of eBirders, shows up multiple times on the list.) Get the sightings list »

Bryan Pfeiffer’s essay, in Aeon Magazine, about a Snowy Owl invasion and the opportunities it presents to the rest of us — if only we cared to spend more time with wildlife. (A field biologist, writer and educator, Bryan created the Snowy Owl Scoop.) Read Bryan’s essay »

Enjoy Owls Responsibly

So compelling are these owls that they draw us close — sometimes too close. So when you view, please keep a respectful distance. If you flush an owl or it seems agitated (looking around for an escape route) you’re probably too close. And please remember to support your local conservation group. Here in our home state, among our favorites are the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and North Branch Nature Center.

With science and some high-tech tracking technology, Project SNOWstorm engages people in Snowy Owl conservation through outreach and education. Launched during an earlier Snowy Owl irruption, the project is starting up again with new owl activity this winter. Visit Project SNOWStorm »

So much of what we know about the distribution of Snowy Owls and other birds comes from eBird. If you’re not an eBirder, you’re missing out. Please join and report. It’s easy. Just visit eBird » Or send your sighting to Bryan at the Snowy Owl Scoop and he’ll report for you. Thanks!

A Snowy Owl Image Gallery

Submit your images from the 2017-2018 season, with date and location, to Bryan Pfeiffer.
Click any image for the data.

Some of the better Snowy Owl images submitted by birders to the Macaulay Library, an online archive of images and sounds from nature. It’s a project the famed Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Visit the gallery »