Published November 28, 2012 by The Times Colonist, Victoria, BC

Half-starved snowy owls are flying 1,500 kilometres or more to Vancouver Island in search of food, says the founder of an avian rescue group in Courtenay. Maj Birch is urging people to avoid frightening the owls into flight just to get a good photo, as that could sap what little energy they have left. “They’re all starving,” said Birch, who founded Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society in 1995. “By the time they get down here, they’re usually very thin. Follow the link for the entire article…Starving snowy owl faces new threat, desperate Island search for food – News – Times Colonist