[CT Birds] "The Hidden Lives of Snowy Owls" presentation & new short film about Roger Tory Peterson, Saturday @ McKinney NWR on April 11, 6-7pm

Don Crockett doncrockett63 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 06:15:35 EDT 2015

Stewart B. McKinney McKinney and the Friends of Roger Tory Peterson Refuge
in Old Lyme are co-sponsoring an event next Saturday that includes my
presentation about the GPS-tracking of Snowy Owls by Project SNOWstorm.

Are the Snowy Owls that visit us in southern New England starving diurnal
tundra-loving rodent-eaters?

My presentation "The Hidden Lives of Snowy Owls" provides a partial answer
by presenting GPS tracking data maps of coastal Snowy Owls from the winter
of 2013/2014.

This presentation is newly updated and also includes tracking maps from
this winter's tracking data. These new maps show an example of what happens
when 2 adult female Snowy Owls start hunting the same set of fields in
Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They also show where a Snowy Owl stopped
briefly in Manhattan at the start of its migration back to the Arctic. The
GPS tracking maps for both will likely surprise you.

Also included as part of the evening's program is a new short film on the
life of Roger Tory Peterson by Sebastian Holquist, a Public History
graduate student at Central Connecticut State University.

Event Details:
Saturday, April 11
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
733 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook, CT 06498

For questions about McKinney NWR call 860-399-2513.

For information about Project SNOWstorm visit: http://projectsnowstorm.org


Event Program Details:

"The Hidden Lives of Snowy Owls" by Don Crockett
During the winter of 2013/2014 more Snowy Owls invaded the northeastern
U.S. than in any winter in the past 100 years. Inspired by this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Project SNOWstorm fitted 23 Snowy Owls with
GPS transmitters to track their movements every 30 minutes 24 hours a day.
This past winter 5 of the tracked owls returned and 12 new owls were fitted
with GPS transmitters. The data collected from these owls has provided
unprecedented insight into the lives of Snowy Owls during their winter
visits to the U.S. and their travels in northern Canada. This talk will
present some of the interesting and surprising discoveries that have been

"The Flicker" by Sebastian Holquist
This short film examines the life and work of Roger Tory Peterson.  It is
based around interviews with some of the people who knew him best. From his
youth in Jamestown, New York to the four decades he spent living in Old
Lyme, this film attempts to put his amazing life into historical

Don Crockett
Great Blue Media Works, Owner - http://greatblue.com
Project SNOWstorm, Google Maps Wrangler - http://projectsnowstorm.org
New Britain, CT
doncrockett63 (at) gmail.com

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