A large white owl with black-flecked spots and outstretched wings flying in for a landing on a snow covered ground.
Snowy Owl Snowy owls are native to the Arctic regions of both North America and the Palearctic, breeding mostly on the tundra. © Shutterstock


Newly-Launched Partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Brave Wilderness Takes Flight with Snowy Owl’s Visit to Central Ohio

Two organizations with a local presence and global reach, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Brave Wilderness, released their first collaborative content. The star of the video? A beautiful snowy owl, aptly named with its stark white plumage, who recently took up temporary residence at Alum Creek State Park. Its visit from the frigid Arctic has captivated onlookers for weeks, including the most dedicated of birders. Mario Aldecoa, a wildlife biologist at Brave Wilderness, tracked and photographed the Central Ohio visitor for weeks to learn more about why it was here and what it was eating. Check out this video to see what he learned!

“It seems fitting that the snowy owl was our first collaboration with The Nature Conservancy,” says Coyote Peterson. “Their visit represents just how closely connected we are to other places. The Nature Conservancy is working to protect and connect habitat in Ohio and across the globe—where success or failure can mean life or death for a species. But these places also support people. We have an opportunity to connect wildlife lovers throughout the world to the importance of conserving the lands and waters on which we all depend.”

Brave Wilderness is headquartered right here in Central Ohio and has amassed a following of more than 18 million YouTube subscribers worldwide by capturing extraordinary encounters with wildlife.

“We are excited to partner with Coyote and his team,” says Amy Holtshouse, director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, “as a natural ally in conservation education. Their viewers aren’t simply adoring fans and thrill-seekers; they are the next generation of conservationists. Our natural world’s fate, and ultimately our future, is in part going to be decided by those watching these episodes. And we have an opportunity to work together to ensure they understand that conservation is more than exotic plants and animals. It’s also clean drinking water and clean air; it’s places to walk and play; it’s healthy communities and a healthy planet.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.