2014 Films


Matt Hamilton

1:00 PM

Directed by: Matt Hamilton and Fergus Beeley

Presented with: the Friends of Patuxent

Venue: National Wildlife Visitor Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge

MAGIC OF THE SNOWY OWL (USA, 2012, 55 min.)

There will be a live owl display outside of the Auditorium, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Go deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles of raising helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Throughout the long months of the Arctic’s frozen winter, the sun remains below the horizon. The cold makes life difficult for even the toughest animals. Snowy owls are built for the challenge, their every sense and skill honed to take on this bleak world. During the brief summer, snowy owls attempt to raise their young in one of the harshest environments on the planet. They will have just 82 days of sunlight to successfully raise their helpless owlets until they are ready to fly. The filmmakers must face some challenges of their own as they set out to record the rarely observed daily lives of a breeding pair of

snowy owls. Written and directed by Matt Hamilton and Fergus Beeley.

Snowy Owl Share with audience participation follows screening. All are invited to share photos and stories of encounters with these amazing avian visitors here in the Washington, D.C. area.

Preceding the film at 12:00 noon

Presentation by Steve Huy, Project SNOWstorm / Co-director Project Owlnet followed by discussion.

Steve Huy will discuss some of the results of Project SNOWstorm, which is a collaborative research effort by Project Owlnet and independent researchers and organizational partners. The groups are working together to learn more about the historic snowy owl irruption of 2013-14.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Wildlife Visitor Center

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Patuxent Research Refuge


10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md.

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