Maine in Midst of Snowy Owl Irruption will be the topic of Sunkhaze Café from 10-11 a.m. on February 20 at the Old Town Public Library

Each year Maine is privileged to witness the migration of water fowl and song birds as a host of seasonal travelers make their journey north then south again each winter. As northerly as Maine is on the migratory map for most species, we are considered the Deep South for at least one animal. Standing up to 2 feet tall with showy white plumage, the Snowy Owl is most likely spotted in Maine during winter daylight hours in open meadows, fields and along the coast. If you’ve ever seen a Snowy Owl in the wild, you’re likely to not forget its distinct coloring and almost 5 foot wing span. In the last two years you’ve been more likely to see this phenomenon of winter; we are in the midst of a Snowy Owl Irruption.

The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge present Erynn Call, raptor specialist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Erynn partners with Project Snowstorm a collaboration formed after the 2013-14 irruption. She will be answer questions such a why do Snowy Owls migrate? When do they arrive in Maine? What are their habits? What is Project Snowstorm, and how can we learn more?

The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit organization whose mission includes supporting public information about the environment as well as preservation and promotion of the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Milford as a regional environmental resource.  Sunkhaze Café events are always free, always open to the public; donations are appreciated. Find out more about the Friends of Sunkhaze online and on Facebook/FriendsofSunkhaze.

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