About once every 10 years, the lemming population in the Arctic hits a cyclic high and leads to very high reproductive output of Snowy Owls and other species. The most recent irruption occurred in 2013 when hundreds of juvenile Snowy Owls headed south, winding up in faraway places like Florida and even Bermuda. Because irruptions bring so many individuals down from the Arctic, they provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study these remote nesting birds. CTT works closely with Project Snowstorm not only by providing telemetry units, but also by providing other expertise. CEO, Mike Lanzone, fit several owls with CTT trackers and trained other banders across the eastern USA to fit additional owls with these transmitters. This has allowed Project SNOWstorm to track the movements and activity of these owls during winter, on migration, and on the breeding grounds and to begin to answer questions about wintering behavior, migration, causes of mortality, and much more.

Turbine Collision Prevention

One of the top conservation concerns for Bald and Golden Eagles are negative interactions with wind energy developments and the associated electrical infrastructure. CTT is working with researchers who are aiming to reduce these negative interactions. The group has received support from organizations such as Arconic to fit Bald Eagles with our Evolution Series transmitters that are collecting data in Flight Mode three days a week. These data will allow these researchers to better understand how eagles use the Midwestern landscape. Such information is critical for guiding development and informing policy that will help protect this iconic species. Click here to view the Arconic Eagle nest webcams.

Due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction, the California Condor is among the world’s rarest birds. CTT supplies CTT Patagial tags to researchers that are tracking the movements of these amazing birds. This will aid in monitoring and recovery of a species that was once extinct in the wild. Engineers at CTT work closely with researchers such as the USFWS and San Diego Zoo to provide to the best tools for tracking these amazing birds and to better understand condor behavior.