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Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration

(Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries)

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Late in 2013, snowy owls started showing up in places no one expected to find them--including Florida. What had caused so many of these majestic birds to leave their Arctic home and fly to southern Canada and the United States? Scientists quickly began working to find out. Author Sandra Markle brings together firsthand reports from the scientists involved along with stunni ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sandra Markle does an amazing job with her Animal books, whether it is an endangered species, or tracking animals such as the Snowy Owl. I have seen Snowy Owls at the airport near my home so this book helped explain why they have been here in the last few years and never before.

In 2013 there was a Snowy Owl Iruption and they ended up traveling much further south than before. Scientists were able to band some of them and later put GPS trackers on them to see what their migration paths were. There
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Pam  Page
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating book! I had never head of an irruption until this book. Snowy owls are beautiful (their babies are really cute) and this book has wonderful pictures of the owls. Great information and many resources at the end. Sandra Markle is an author I always know will produce quality non-fiction.
Sarah
Absolutely fascinating and right on my (very basic) level.
Carolyn Combs
Have you heard of the 2013-2014 snowy owl irruption? Sandra Markle’s 2018 book, Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration delves into this remarkable historical event, and deftly weaves in a thorough natural history of theses artic predators.

Like the scientific process, the book opens with observations, observations of snowies in places where they are not normally found, especially in large numbers (a snow owl irruption). Then the true story follows scientists, birders, and volunteers a
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Kyra Nay
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the winter of 2013-2014, birdwatchers and scientists started spotting unusually high numbers of snowy owls in unusual locations, well beyond Canada, with some as far south as Florida! The snowy owl population had boomed the previous summer– this sudden increase in a population is called an irruption. Fierce competition for territory pushed them beyond their normal range. Scientists worked quickly to take advantage of the irruption, trying to add identification bands to as many birds as possib ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Markle, Sandra Snowy Owl Invasion! Tracking an Unusual Migration, 46 pages. NON-FICTION. Millbrook (Lerner), 2018. $24.

The winter of 2013-2014 brought an unprecedented number of snowy owls to the United States. Normally these birds stay all year in the Arctic. Scientists took advantage of the flocks by banding many and attaching transmitters to others in order to study the flight patterns – research that they have not been able to conducted previously.

Because the banding happened so recently, sc
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Lynn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid science for elementary readers packed with gorgeous appealing photographs.

The winter of 2013-14 brought an unusual "irruption" of snowy owls to places they are rarely seen in the United States. Scientists leaped on the opportunity to understand these cycles of migration and learn more about the snowy owls. Markle's well-written text is clear, wonderfully geared to young readers and tells a fascinating story of scientists at work. Some new technology adds a very interesting dimension to res
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Brenda Kahn
I'd love to add seeing a snowy owl to my Life List. Apparently, my chance to see one without traveling happened in 2013. Markle deftly explains the "irruption" as well as efforts of scientists to track the possibly new migration patterns. The accompanying photos are gorgeous. The maps are helpful to understand just how unusual this event was. Backmatter includes an author's note, source notes, glossary and websites for finding out more about snowy owls.
Marti
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an adventure! You can never learn enough about Mother Nature and her world. Follow this group of scientists as they track a change in the snowy owl migration pattern. What caused it and how these birds maybe effected by climate changes. Watch carefully you may see one even if you live in South Carolina or Florida.
Of particular interest is the author's note explaining how she researched the researchers.
Kathleen Dixon
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owls
This is published as a picture book and the text is aimed at children, though definitely not for children under school age. So, just right for an adult who is crazy about owls.

It's an account of a year when snowy owls migrated much further south than is normal, and is about the author finding out the whys and wherefores. Fascinating. And beautifully illustrated.
Great Books
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-10-11
Majestic snowy owls were appearing in unusual places all over North America during late 2013 and scientists needed to find out why! Ohio has a connection with one tracked owl named Buckeye that visited our Lake Erie coastline. Amazing photographs enhance your understanding of the owl’s life cycle and this unusual occurrence. Reviewer 15

Tina Hoggatt
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gold mine for a kid working on a research project about snowy owls. Great narrative, breakouts for additional scientific facts, a terrific back matter piece on how the author researches a project (meta!) and fantastic photographs illustrating the work.
Debbie Tanner
This is a very interesting story about the season in 2013-2014 where snowy owls ranged farther than anyone could have imagined. Sandra Markle explains what happened and why in a very compelling way. The photographs are so beautiful and so interesting. Don't miss this one!
Pam
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative Text
Well written narrative about the snowy owl irruption in 2013-14. The author provides facts and information on the efforts made to determine why this happened and the methods used to track migrations.
Liz
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The breathtaking cover photo of a snowy owl in flight is amazing. Interesting text about a snowy owl "irruption" that occurred in 2013-14. Fascinating discoveries and great use of technology to track the snowy owls' Arctic treks. Great photos throughout!
Kimberly
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great book! This one was particularly timely for me as I've been seeing reports from our local Audubon society of snowy owls in my area. The photographs in this book are wonderful and the information is clearly presented.
Melissa Mcavoy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good information, engagingly told with lots of wonderful, clear color photographs. Back matter includes Author's note, source notes, glossary, further reading, index and photo acknowledgements.

Good for understanding how plants and animals are interrelated. Grass v
Leonard
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An informative book for young people about the "irruption," of snowy owls during 2012-2013. Maps and photos.
Maria Caplin
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
Long lots of information- good NF attributes
H
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting animal non-fiction. Best for grades 4-6.
Sally
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Interesting book about the snowy owl irruption in 2013. Disappointed that photos were not taken by the author. Most were stock.
MaryLibrarianOH
Wonderful read for animal lovers.
Miss Sarah
A nonfiction book about a weird occurance of Snowy Owls migrating farther south than normal in large numbers. A great explaiantion and easy to follow. Elementary and up
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Even though it's a picture book. It reads more like a middle-grade non-fiction. So much depth!
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Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children's books, which have won numerous awards, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children's Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and frequently travels to schools sharing her program "Sandra Markle's Boo ...more

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