Snowy Owls Invade Upper Peninsula

A wave of snowy owl sightings is sweeping across the Upper Peninsula. The arctic birds are linked to the boom and bust lemming cycle, and every few years when the little critters’ population crashes, snowy owls are pushed south to the Lake Superior region in search of other food.

However, this year may be different. Seems it was a good breeding year on the tundra and the recent sightings may be a case of arctic overpopulation.

This bird was photographed on the Lake Superior shoreline in the Keweenaw Peninsula, near Copper Harbor.

Aaron Peterson is a freelance photographer and travel writer based near Lake Superior and Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. See more of his work at

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