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Article in Hakai Magazine profiles Denver's Snowy Owl Research

December 8, 2021

A man kneeling on the ground looks through binoculars.
Denver Holt searching for Snowy Owls on the tundra. Photo by Kylie Mohr.

Journalist Kylie Mohr visited Alaska this past summer with Denver to observe and assist with the Snowy Owl Project.

She wrote about her experiences, and about Denver's 30 years of Snowy Owl research, in this article for Hakai Magazine which was published on December 7, 2021.

From the article:

"On my trip to Utqiaġvik, Holt and I split our days between searching for new nests and checking the few we’ve found to record information on the chicks’ growth and plumage, as well as parental behavior and the number of dead lemmings the adults have stockpiled nearby to feed to their young. He attempts to minimize his impact, staying only for a few minutes and checking to make sure the female returns before leaving the area completely. “Look for the white,” he says, when instructing me on how to search the tundra. “It’s either a plastic bag, a piece of styrofoam, or a snowy owl.” We walk to small ridges or sometimes climb on top of abandoned industrial boxes and old gas field buildings for a better look out over the landscape. Caribou skulls bleached by the elements, swans, and gulls frequently dupe us."

Read the whole article in Hakai Magazine here:

Great article, Kylie!


Read more about ORI's Snowy Owl Research in the latest issue of The Roost, our annual newsletter.

Find Kylie online at

Two newly-hatched Snowy Owl chicks huddle together in a nest with four yet-to-hatch eggs.
Photo by Kylie Mohr


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