Snowy Owls travel thousands of miles south each winter from the Canadian tundra where they spend the spring and summer. They are often temporary visitors to airports(urban tundra) along their route south. Airports like Boston's Logan International have a fantastic and successful history of trapping and re-releasing these magnificent animals away from the dangers of the airport.
It has been reported by NBC that " The Port Authority’s “wildlife specialists” started exterminating the owls Saturday, killing three at JFK Airport with a shotgun." The senseless slaughter of the what is arguably one of our most charismatic and beautiful birds is truly deplorable. There are clearly other effective methods for managing these birds that are being ignored. This practice must be stopped immediately.
We ask The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to seek other proven non-lethal methods for ensuring the safety of air traffic and the Snowy Owl.
Learn more about Mass Audubon's Snowy Owl Project here: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills/snowy-owl-project