Arlington, the Snowy Owl
On January 4, 2018, a snowy owl in southern Wisconsin became famous. Madison Audubon caught, banded, and outfitted this bird with a GPS transmitter that allows scientists at Project SNOWstorm -- and the public -- to track where he moves and better understand snowy owl ecology. We named him Arlington, after the nearby village. The cost of the transmitter is $3,000, and we are working to raise funds to cover those costs.
On Tuesday, March 6, Madison Audubon will participate in The Big Share, a day of online giving to 70 Wisconsin non-profits. Be part of the Arlington story by donating any amount! If you are able, it would be especially helpful if you donated between 10-11 AM, when our board will match all donations up to $1,500. That's right -- thanks to our board match, we are already half-way to our $3,000 goal! Your donation during that 10-11 AM time-frame may also help us win extra cash prizes.
Arlington's Fundraiser Details
When: Tuesday, March 6, Midnight to 11:59 PM -- but especially during 10-11 AM!
Why: Help advance snowy owl research. Our goal of $3,000, the cost of Arlington's GSP transmitter
How: Donate online, over the phone (608-255-BIRD), or in person (1400 E. Washington Ave. #170, Madison)
Learn more about Arlington and his story
Watch where Arlington moves in southern Wisconsin. You might be surprised by how near and far he wanders! Over 1,800 data points have been collected from Arlington's transmitter since January 4!
"This winter is shaping up to be a great snowy owl irruption year. Ryan Brady with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimated there are at least 225 snowy owls in Wisconsin this winter. In a typical year, Wisconsin sees a couple dozen snowy owls, so finding ourselves in a snowy flurry is just delightful!"
"Out here on the sanctuary, our favorite sign that winter is finally on its way are the first sightings of snowy owls! Even before our first snow flurries, we had a flurry of snowy owl activity with two confirmed owls in multiple sightings. Though we don’t see them every year, this year seems to be promising for snowy owl sightings in our area."
BANNER PHOTO: Arlington's eyes radiate intensity. Photo by David Rihn