Wind Chill McCloud
Wind Chill passed away in March 2019.
Wind Chill was an outstanding educator. He taught thousands about his species, revealing the mysteries and secrets of these strong and beautiful birds.
Hatch Year: 2012
Weight: 3½ – 6½ pounds
Wingspan: 50-57 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 9 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years
Fun fact: Snowy Owls are one of a few raptor species that are sexually dichromatic, meaning that males and females have different plumage. Males are often totally white, while females retain black barring into adulthood. Wind Chill McCloud has a significant amount of barring for a male owl.
About my Species: Snowy Owls are native to the arctic tundra and well camouflaged with their white feathers. Their migration south to the United States is on a variable schedule that is not well understood, and thus are called “irruptions.” The Snowy Owl birthrate correlates to the lemming population. The higher the lemming population the previous year, the greater the population of Snowy Owls that can be seen in Wisconsin.