Snowy owls spend their summers in the Arctic. Sometimes, they fly south in the winter in big migrations called irruptions. In a typical year, we might end up with a few dozen snowy owls in the Great Lakes region.
Last year was a mega-irruption, a really rare event. Snowy owls came south by the thousands. Some birds got all the way down to Florida and Bermuda.
Scott Weidensaul is one of the founders of Project SNOWstorm. It’s a group of owl experts who are raising money to track the owls.