Bryan Young — February 14, 04:00PM
I'm new and after I read an article in DNA Info Chicago about Snowy Owls in Chicago (https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170210/downtown/chicago-snowy-owls-ebird-field-museum) I was motivated to register and note my sighting after spotting a pair. However although through a link on the article I can search "snowy owls" and see spotted locations for the last ten years, while trying to register my sighting I find a variety of owl species but nothing specific to a snowy owl. Can anyone help this new spotter?
Caleb — February 15, 03:36PM
Welcome to eBird! Thanks for being willing to participate.
I'm guessing the answer to your question is simply that Snowy Owls are considered rare in your area, and other types of owls aren't. This doesn't mean you can't submit it, it just means that a reviewer will need to verify your sighting. You'll need to "Add a Species": http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973944
You will also need to give the reviewer (and other people viewing our record) some information in the species comments to confirm that you actually saw Snowy Owls and not a similar species such as Red-tailed Hawk or a piece of white garbage. :) http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1880739
Here is a detailed explanation of the review process:
Sue Keator — February 15, 08:02PM
Another thing to definitely consider is to generalize the location you saw it. Snowy Owls are a sensitive species and the last thing it needs is to have a million people coming to see/photograph/bait it! In MN we list at a county/city level. Some do list specific addresses but that is frowned on.