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1 March 2017 Winter Use of a Highly Diverse Suite of Habitats by Irruptive Snowy Owls
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Bubo scandiacus (Snowy Owl) is an irregular winter visitor in the northeastern US and southeastern Canada, where winter irruptions occur roughly every 4 years with varying intensity. The consecutive winters of 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 saw unusually large irruptions of Snowy Owls across eastern North American states and provinces and the Great Lakes region. We tracked 34 individuals equipped with high spatial- and temporalresolution GPS–GSM transmitters and obtained data that documented in detail the diverse suite of habitats used by irruptive Snowy Owls overwintering and migrating through the region, from heavily urbanized city centers to open agricultural areas, as well as ice floes drifting on the Great Lakes or concentrating along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jean-François Therrien, Scott Weidensaul, David Brinker, Steve Huy, Trish Miller, Eugene Jacobs, Drew Weber, Tom McDonald, Mike Lanzone, Norman Smith, and Nicolas Lecomte "Winter Use of a Highly Diverse Suite of Habitats by Irruptive Snowy Owls," Northeastern Naturalist 24(sp7), (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.024.s712
Published: 1 March 2017
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