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Snowy Owl

Nyctea Scandiac


Community-based Information

In 2003, the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee undertook a project to record traditional knowledge of certain birds and animals on the Yukon North Slope. The observations, comments and concerns expressed by Aklavik residents as part of this study were as follows:

  • People see a solitary owl or two when on a trip. They are seen in almost every month of the year and always on the flats near the coast. Snowy Owls are rarely seen in the delta in the winter.
  • Two owls (one white and one grey) were reported to have been seen together in the delta in the winter of 2002.
  • Herschel was the only location where Snowy Owls were reported as being numerous in some summers (30-50, 100). The arrival of some birds in late June or early July may be too late for breeding.

Community-based information on this species may also be found in the reports of the annual community-based monitoring program conducted in Aklavik and neighbouring communities by the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op.http://www.taiga.net/coop/community/index.html

Related Literature and Information Sources

Eckert, C.D. "Personal communication" Government of Yukon, Department of Environment 2007

Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee "Aklavik Inuvialuit describe the status of certain birds and animals on the Yukon North Slope" March 2003

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Unknown 9/15/2009