[Tweeters] Re: Snowy Owl Irruption video

Paul Bannick paul.bannick at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 20:50:59 PST 2014

Hi Barb,

The piece came out today.

I was asked to do this piece over the summer before we knew there would be
an irruption, so it was actually inspired by the irruption and echo
irruptions of 2011/2012 and 2012/2013. I chose the shoot location,
messages and words, although as you can imagine they cut down the
interviews quite a bit.

If we had experienced another irruption or an echo-irruption i would have
been out West, but with the birds in large numbers East, i scouted
locations with snow.

We did get lots of press with our irruption in 2011/2012 including an piece
that NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams that included Brian Bell and me.
You can view those clips at:

I hope everyone enjoys revisiting our owls.


On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl at comcast.net> wrote:

> Thanks, Glenn, for pointing us toward this excellent video (question: how

> recently did this come out?). Just yesterday I received my Audubon

> magazine for March/April, with, among other interesting articles, a major

> one on this year's Snowy irruption on the East Coast, and including some

> research data that is now being generated from a variety of sources. I

> believe Dan Reiff recommended this issue a while back. One of you Tweets

> noticed, in a Wash. Post article on this subject, that NO mention was made

> of the irruption winters we had here in 2011 & 2012, and I noticed the same

> thing in this Audubon article. Maybe it is, as the Tweet suggested, an

> "East Coast media bias". I'm thinking that perhaps it could also be that

> no or little serious scientific data was collected during our West Coast

> experience. Any thoughts on this? Maybe it would be worth contacting and

> asking Saul Weidensaul, the author of both articles, about this issue.

> Certainly there was awareness of our recent West Coast Snowy Owl

> phenomena?...

> I'm sure that at least some of what Paul Bannick has observed,

> photographed and learned, as shared in this video, should be a welcome

> addition to the combined data bank on these owls, along with observations

> of others, whether scientists, citizen scientists, birders, photographers,

> 'regular' citizens. There is a lot of movement and fund-raising afoot to

> follow the movements of some of the owls with radio transmitters, e.g.

> Project SNOWstorm - for more info and updates, see the Audubon article and

> the project website: projectsnowstorm.org

> Let's combine our resources and help all of us learn more about these

> appealing and fascinating "Messengers from the Arctic". Data-exclusivity

> seems counter to real progress in advancing our knowledge-base of birds and

> our environments. What with all of the tools we now have available to us

> to more quickly and competently learn more about the inevitably-interacting

> parts of nature I hope that we can continue to minimize competition and

> instead embrace more collaboration between all of the species that exist

> here together on this earth. Our fate is in all our hands.

> I'd love to end this message with a bit of humor, like: "What did the

> Snowy Owl say to the lemming?" - problem is I can't come up with a quick

> finish to this joke. :-) Feel free to submit a humorous answer or your own

> topical bit of humor. It's one of the necessary ingredients to survival of

> the human species, don't you think?


> Barb Deihl

> North Matthews Beach - NE Seattle

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Paul L. Bannick
Nature and Bird Photography
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