SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Northern Indiana is seeing an influx of snowy owls, the bright-white resident of the Arctic that sometimes heads far south in search of food.
One state naturalist says Indiana's current snowy owl invasion could be the largest-ever documented number of the birds in the state.
As of Friday, there had been about 54 snowy owl sightings in Indiana. Indiana Dunes State Park naturalist Brad Bumgardner tells the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/1h6p2If ) two-thirds of those sightings were in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties because the birds tend to follow Lake Michigan's shoreline.
The snowy owl invasion is part of an influx of the birds in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada that's intrigued bird enthusiasts and scientists. The owls travel thousands of miles, often in search of food.