ird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.”
“This is the most significant wildlife event in decades, ” added Holt, who has studied snowy owls in their Arctic tundra ecosystem for two decades.
This winter’s snowy owl outbreak, with multiple sightings as far south as Oklahoma, remains largely a mystery of nature.
“There’s a lot of speculation. As far as hard evidence, we really don’t know,” Holt said.