Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus Scientific name definitions

Denver W. Holt, Matt D. Larson, Norman Smith, Dave L. Evans, and David F. Parmelee
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020

About the Author(s)


The late David F. Parmelee studied under George Sutton at the University of Michigan (M.S. 1952) and the University of Oklahoma (Ph.D. 1957). He was Professor at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul) from 1970-1992, including Director of its Field Biology Program (1970-1986), and Curator of Birds at the Bell Museum (1986-1992). Much of his research focused on arctic and antarctic birds. He is the author and illustrator of several books on the ecology and behavior of birds at high latitudes, including Bird Island in Antarctic Waters and Antarctic Birds: ecological and behavioral approaches (University of Minnesota Press 1980, 1992). Most recently, he was Research Curator of Ornithology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Denver Holt is a wildlife researcher and graduate of the University of Montana. He is founder and president of the Owl Research Institute (ORI), a nonprofit organization located in Charlo, Montana. He has studied Snowy Owls in artic Alaska for 22 years and has published more than 90 papers and technical documents, including four species accounts for the Birds of North America project. He was team leader for the Strigidae Family species accounts, for The Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 5, covering 189 species of owls. His research on Snowy Owls has been showcased on documentaries for National Geographic Explorer, and British Broadcasting Company's (BBC) Frozen Earth. Snowy Owls. To learn more about the Owl Research Institute, visit www.owlinstitute.org. Current address: ORI, P.O. Box 39 Charlo, MT 59824. Email: .

Matt D. Larson is a graduate of the University of Montana. He has worked as a research biologist with the Owl Research Institute since 2008. His research has taken him throughout western Montana and Alaska in search of many species of North American owls. He shares his passion for field biology, natural history, and long-term research through public speaking, scientific papers, and as a natural history guide. He lives with his wife and daughter in Missoula, MT. His current address is P.O. Box 7052, Missoula, MT 59807.

Norman Smith is a self-taught naturalist who has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 1974. His current position is Director of Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center in Milton, Massachusetts. Norman has studied birds of prey for over 35 years, including rehabilitating the injured and successfully fostering over 1,500 orphaned hawk and owl chicks into adoptive nests. His ongoing long-term projects include trapping and banding migrating hawks and owls in the Blue Hills Reservation, banding nestling hawks and owls, and researching wintering Snowy Owls and other raptors at Boston's Logan International Airport. Current address: Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.

Dave Evans received a M.Sc. in zoology (1980) from North Dakota State University for his study of weather effects on the migration of Saw-whet Owls. He participated in Wisconsin Bald Eagle nesting studies from 1970 to 2006 and operated the fall raptor banding station at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, Minnesota from 1972 to 2010. He has studied territoriality in wintering Snowy Owls in the Duluth—Superior harbor area from 1973 to present. Current address: 2928 Greysolon Rd., Duluth, MN 55812.

Recommended Citation

Holt, D. W., M. D. Larson, N. Smith, D. L. Evans, and D. F. Parmelee (2020). Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.snoowl1.01