Snowies: A film about Snowy Owls by Elliott Kennerson


Snowies: A film about Snowy Owls by Elliott Kennerson
In this entertaining and enlightening 12-minute film, Elliott follows bird-watcher and fellow filmmaker Jeremy Roberts on a trip to see the Snowy Owls in northwestern Montana during the unusually large 2006 winter congregation.

About the Filmmaker
Elliot Kennerson taking pictures of snowy owlsElliott Kennerson is a science and natural history filmmaker at Montana State University. Originally from California, Elliott spent several years working in New York City before turning to filmmaking in the West. Other works by Elliott include a show he produced about the Montana bison hunt called Bison bison.

Contact Elliott Kennerson for more information about his video, or buy Snowies on DVD.

About Snowy Owls
Snowy Owls are the easiest owls to recognize. The males are totally white, while the females and juveniles are barred brown to mimic the ground of the arctic tundra where they roost.

Snowy OwlNAME: Nyctea scandiac (Snowy Owl)
Family: Strigiformes

SIZE: 20 to 27 inches

WEIGHT: 59 to 70 ounces (3.5 to 4.5 pounds)

NICHE/HABITAT: It is a common belief that Snowy Owls live in trees, but Snowy Owls breed on the ground in the arctic tundra. In the winter they fly south and congregate in coastal and agricultural areas. While not all Snowy Owls migrate, some have flown as far south as the Caribbean!

NATURAL HISTORY: The Snowy Owls begin breeding in May and June. They lay four to nine eggs in nests on the ground. Incubation is 32 days, and young fledge at 50 to 60 days. The Snowy Owl is a migratory bird, but adults tend to remain in the far north.

FOOD HABITS: Snowy Owls go where the food is. They eat primarily voles and lemmings, but are capable of taking ptarmigan, ducks, geese, hares, and rabbits. Snowy Owls are often found feeding around airports where the vole population is high.

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