Snowy owl's return to Ottawa may hold clues to Arctic changes

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By Amanda Pfeffer, CBC News Ottawa, December 16, 2017

Bird watchers — steady your binoculars; Hardscrabble has returned.

The four-year-old snowy owl has picked a corn field in the Ottawa Valley for a second winter in a row and with his arrival comes a potential treasure trove of information.

That's because — like a satellite emerging from the dark side of a moon — Hardscrabble has returned to the land of cellular towers from the Arctic — and the electronic transmitter strapped to his back is about to send a major data dump about where he's been since last spring.