Summer Visitor Center Hours
Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Spring has sprung in the Grantsburg area! After several days reaching temperatures into the 80’s, the snow is almost completely gone, other than in the heavily shaded areas. The sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer, and more birds are returning every day! Ice is disappearing off the flowages, but there are still a few areas where a bit of ice still remains.
There are a couple of cooler days in the upcoming forecast, and we are also supposed to be getting rain over the weekend. Visitors should continue to proceed with caution when driving around the wildlife areas, as roads may be very wet and muddy. It may not hurt to give us a call if you are planning a trip, just to see what road conditions are like.
Within the past few days, we have been seeing several different species showing up in the area, including American White Pelican, Broad-winged Hawk, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Gadwall, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Herring Gull, Horned Grebe, Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Ruddy Duck.
Sharp-tailed Grouse are participating in their mating displays at this time, which is a sight you won’t want to miss! Get to the property before daylight, and head up to the north end of the refuge to see if you can find any dancing!
Mammals are still roaming around as usual. Highlights this week include: Mink and River Otter.
Mammals seen in the area within the last week:
|13- Lined Ground Squirrel
Grey Wolf (Tracks)
Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area:
American Black Duck
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron