The winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 saw an unusually large number of snowy owls coming through Wisconsin. What about this year? Check out the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources’s page on snowy owls:
(A co-worker of mine, who is an Audobon Field Trips coordinator and leader, strongly recommends paying special attention to the “Viewing Considerations” tab.)
In November the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted “8 Fascinating Facts About Snowy Owls:”
And the Christmas Bird Count? It’s not a government thing; it’s an Audobon Society thing (though quite a few counts take place on government refuges. You can read about the history here.
Government information reference librarian
Memorial Library, UW-Madison