10 photos of enigmatic, irruptive Snowy Owls

9/15/2015 | 0

Snowy Owls are enigmatic and irruptive. This one was at Rye Harbor State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.

Snowy Owls are enigmatic and irruptive. This one was at Rye Harbor State Park in Rye, New Hampshire, January 18, 2015, by bobvt.

If you like Snowy Owls, you won’t want to miss our October 2015 issue. Scott Weidensaul, the well-known author and co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, wrote our cover story. Assumptions about almost every aspect of the owl’s life — its breeding and wintering ecology, the forces behind its dramatic irruptions, how to distinguish different age and sex classes, even something as basic as how many there are in the world — have undergone a tectonic shift in the past 15 years, Weidensaul writes, upending much we thought we knew. It’s fascinating reading — and really fun, like these photos. The one above was taken at Rye Harbor State Park, in Rye, New Hampshire, January 18, 2015, by bobvt.

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In Michigan by Mary Pratt.

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Taking flight by Jim Cumming.

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Gathering at Boundary Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 2011 by westcoastbirder.

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On a roof in Cape May, New Jersey, by Linda Widdop.

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At Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania, December 26, 2014, by Joshua Clark.

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At sunrise, Island Beach State Park, New Jersey, January 2, 2015, by Joe Gliozzo.

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At Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, Illinois, 2011, by Susan Szeszol.

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On I-91 outside St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Laura Tobin.

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South of Armena, Alberta, January 2, 2013, by Jim McDougall.

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