Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith holding a snowy owl

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Mass Audubon is working to protect snowy owls, which are the largest owls in North America. Norman Smith, former director of Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum, has been studying them since 1981. As part of his research, he attaches bands and transmitters to snowy owls at Boston Logan International Airport, and then tracks their travels.

Please Note: This work is performed with special permits. The public is not allowed to enter restricted airport property, or to capture any kind of owl or other raptor.

Snowy Owl on beach dune © Richard Cuzner
Snowy Owl © Richard Cuzner

The snowy owl, the largest owl in North America, is equal parts graceful beauty and efficient predator. And despite their name, most snowy owls are not pure snowy white.

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Snowy owl in front of plane at Logan Airport by Norman Smith

To protect both birds and jets, Mass Audubon's Norman Smith safely captures and relocates snowy owls away from Boston Logan International Airport each year.

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snowy owl pair at blue hills

With a striking white exterior accented by dark markings and a wingspan that can measure close to five feet, the snowy owl is often sought out by winter birders.

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Snowy Owl Quick Guide

Snowy owl quick guide

Learn how to identify a snowy owl, what makes them so special, and find out how you can help protect them. Then spread the word by sharing the guide with others!

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