Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Pat Conrad of Lincoln Township captured a rare daytime image of a barred owl on April 14 which landed in her backyard.

Her husband, Bob Conrad, says he believes the owl is one of a pair nesting nearby along the Hickory Creek corridor.

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A male wild turkey displays for a hen on April 12 in Oronoko Township.


A yellow-rumpled warbler is seen April 19 in Bridgman.

Brown creeper

A brown creeper is seen April 19 in Bridgman.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at