owls http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids airport faces 'unprecedented' influx of snowy owls http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-airport-faces-unprecedented-influx-snowy-owls <p>Snowy owls have been flocking to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/gerald-r-ford-international-airport">Gerald R. Ford International Airport</a>&nbsp;in Grand Rapids this winter.</p><p>“It’s unprecedented. We have three to four times the activity than we’ve ever had in the past,” said Tara Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the Ford Airport.</p><p>Airport staff had to shoot nine owls this season. That’s compared to only four in the past four years combined.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16143 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids airport faces 'unprecedented' influx of snowy owls Why airports look like home to snowy owls http://michiganradio.org/post/why-airports-look-home-snowy-owls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year, some snowy owls make their way south from their Arctic homeland in search of food, and some of us here in the Great Lakes region have been lucky enough to spot these magnificent birds on tree branches, or poles, or … near airports.</span></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">irports have wide open treeless spaces, and can look a lot like home to snowy owls. And for wildlife specialists who work at airports from the Great Lakes to the Northeast, this has been a busy winter.</span></p><p><strong>Eight owls trapped in one week at DTW</strong></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 15847 at http://michiganradio.org Why airports look like home to snowy owls Go on an "owl prowl" http://michiganradio.org/post/go-owl-prowl <p>The Department of Natural Resources is putting on a series of guided night time walks in different state parks and recreation areas, with the goal of trying to spot owls.</p><p>They're called "owl prowls." (Just try and say that five times, fast.)</p><p>Events are scheduled in Livingston, Wayne, Oakland, Clinton, Lenawee, Jackson and Bay Counties. You can find more information <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365-316092--,00.html">here at the DNR's website.</a><br /><br />The events are free and the organizers suggest that you pre-register.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:12:55 +0000 Kyle Norris 15416 at http://michiganradio.org Go on an "owl prowl"