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Expert tips for watching snowy owls

If you want to see reports of snowy owl sightings, go to the Minnesota Ornithological Union’s website,, and sign up for reports.

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Or sign up for reports at eBird,, through Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. The site collects citizens’ information about the locations of snowy owl sightings, including as far south as Arkansas and South Carolina.

n If you get out to observe or photograph snowy owls, it’s best to give them plenty of room, said Ryan Brady, bird monitoring coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. If you notice the bird changing its behavior, acting nervous, you’re probably too close, he said.

Wildlife photographer Michael Furtman of Duluth said that in most cases, people shouldn’t approach snowy owls closer than 50 to 75 yards away. If you flush the bird, you’ve come too close and shouldn’t flush it again. That can stress the owl and interrupt its feeding.

— Forum News Service

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