In unusual sightings last year, the snowy owl was seen throughout the Midwest as food shortages in its natural Arctic habitat pushed them further south.

What birds will be spotted this winter? The maps on eBird, a non-profit, cooperative online effort by birders and researchers to track sightings for all species, shows where you might spot specific birds and how you can help track birds in your part of the country.

For information about owl sightings, birding and how to get involved, visit eBird. To learn more about snowy owls and their visits to Missouri, visit Missouri Department of Conservation.

Photo: C.P. Ewing / CC