Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Snowy owls spotted in Southwest Michigan

A snowy owl sits at the breakwall of the mouth of the Galien River in New Buffalo on Nov. 29.

Snowy owls have been turning up over the past few weeks over the southern Great Lakes, including two sightings in Berrien County.

On November 26, Sharon Klemm of St. Joseph reported a snowy owl, in the vicinity of Whitwam Drive and M-63 in St. Joseph. Klemm first observed the bird while she was traveling south on M-63, noticing the big white owl perched atop a streetlight along the highway.