100th snowy owl caught at Logan Airport freed into wild

The record 100th snowy owl captured at Logan Airport this winter is going to be released on Plum Island. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe
The record 100th snowy owl captured at Logan Airport this winter is going to be released on Plum Island. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe
Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Love them or hate them, the infamous snowy owls that keep finding their way to Logan Airport have reached a new milestone.

The 100th owl caught at the airport—appropriately named Century—was released on Plum Island Saturday, The Boston Globe reported.

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The Massachusetts Audobon Society Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Lincoln spearheaded the initiative to capture, relocate and release the overpopulation of owls as a way to keep both the birds and the airplanes safe.

In February, the Washington Post reported:

Like many airports, Logan is perfect for a bird that usually hunts where there are no trees or shrubs. There are 1,800 acres of open field with mice running about, along with ducks and sea birds.

Snowy owls have been known to fly into airplanes and even get trapped. While Logan is the “most popular airport” to spot snowy owls, airports like John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York have had their fair share of run-ins with the birds. Last year, officials at JFK airport were given the green light to shoot the snowy owls after five of them flew into airplanes within a span of two weeks, but that initiative was nixed after public outrage by animal activists, according to an NBC News report.

In Boston, however, the owls are captured, tagged, and their flight patterns studied. The Boston Globe reported:

Every owl caught for relocation is banded with a satellite transmitter -- a lightweight device banded to the owl's back to track its travels with a GPS signal.