Snowy Owls Return to Sandy Neck Beach

BARNSTABLE – The Snowy Owls have returned to Sandy Neck Beach.

Barrier beaches like Sandy Neck are regular hotspots for snowy owls during the winter months, due to the habitat similarities of the tundra which the owls are used to further north.

Staff ask that the public stay on the front beach and marked trails only while hiking out on Sandy Neck to catch a glimpse of the owls.

They are also reminding visitors that feeding, harassing, or disturbing wildlife of any kind on Sandy Neck is prohibited.

If a snowy owl can see you or flies away as you approach, you are too close.

“While a chance to observe a beautiful creature like the Snowy Owl can be a rewarding and gratifying experience, it is important that we also respect these animals and allow them the space and protection they need in order for a chance to thrive during such a harsh time of year,” said Sandy Neck Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg.

“By protecting our natural resources and all wildlife within, we can continue to provide these views and experiences for future generations to come.”

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