How Owls Spin Heads Around
And, oh, the places Baltimore's been!
According to Project SNOWstorm, he spent early 2015 wintering in Maryland and New Jersey along their coastlines, before heading north through Manhattan, up to Lake Ontario and then farther north still, ultimately reaching the northern tip of Ungava Peninsula, just 300 miles below the Arctic circle. (See the image below to glimpse an outline of his flight path.)
Last fall, Baltimore headed south, once the autumn Arctic chill became too much. By last December, he was on the shores of Lake Ontario, and now he's back in Maryland.
Snowy-Owl Migration To U.S. Among Biggest Ever
Baltimore was first captured by U.S. wildlife biologists on his first migration in 2014, at Martin State Airport just outside Baltimore. He was relocated safely away from airplane flight paths, given a leg I.D. band, and then left alone. But he came back to the airport in Feb. 2015, and on that occasion he was given his fancy GPS tracker. Ever since, Project SNOWstorm has kept an eye on his travels.