Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith releasing a snowy owl with his granddaughters copyright Raymond MacDonald
Norman Smith releasing a snowy owl with his granddaughters © Raymond MacDonald

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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 Owls (male and female) copyright John Chisholm
Snowy Owls (male and female) © John Chisholm

The Snowy Owl is North America's largest owl—a graceful, beautiful, and efficient predator. Yet despite their name, most "snowies" aren't pure white. Learn more >

Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian
Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian

With a striking white exterior accented by dark markings and a wingspan that can measure close to five feet, Snowy Owls are a treat to see. Learn more >