Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

A short-eared owl was found on November 14 at the corner of Linco and South Scottdale roads in Oronoko Township by Mary Jo Canaday.

The short-eared owl is a bird of the grasslands and spends most of its time on the ground, where it feeds and nests. It was more common in the region when small farms where more prevalent. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most farms in our region contained pasture land for grazing, and fallow fields, which suited the short-eared owl.