Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Canada Geese

Canada geese swim at Portman Preserve near Mattawan earlier this month.

The most abundant waterfowl species in Michigan is the Canada goose, which in recent decades has become so numerous, it has become a nuisance in many communities.

Greg Myrkle of Bangor photographed a flock of Canada geese while at Portman Nature Preserve near Mattawan on Nov. 6. These birds had likely found refuge here while migrating south for the winter.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

A sharp-shinned hawk on Oct. 5 at the feeding station of Pat and Bob Conrad in Lincoln Township.

Eastern bluebird

A male eastern bluebird on Oct. 15 at Warren Dunes State Park.

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