First Snowy Owl Hatch of the Season Discovered

June 21, 2018

 Deep snow, cold, and then runoff saw the Snowy Owl season off to a challenging start, but the tundra continually becomes more and more accessible. Today, lead researcher Denver Holt discovered the season's first hatch. Another egg in this nest displays a fracture, or pip, indicating a second hatch will likely be within the day.

A female Snowy Owl lays her eggs asynchronously - not at the same time. She usually lays four to eight round, white eggs; one every two to three days. This means that the oldest chick may hatch up to two weeks sooner than the youngest chick. 

 

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