Snowy owl tracker received his training from Richter’s Erdman

Snowy owls have been capturing the attention of birders in Northeast Wisconsin. The owls spend their summers near the Arctic Circle, moving south in the winter, but usually not this far south. NPR has an expansive story about tracking these mystery birds, and an astute listener found a UW-Green Bay tie. UWGB alumnus Dave Brinker, an ecologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is banding and tracking the birds. The class of 1977 Science and Environmental Change major learned his banding craft from UW-Green Bay’s Tom Erdman, curator of the Richter Museum… Plenty more interesting reading about Brinker and this phenomenon. Read story.