Wildlife Update: April 14, 2023

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area

Wildlife Update: April 14, 2023

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 and several days next week. 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 Bittern, American White Pelican, Canvasback, Common Loon, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Great Egret, Herring Gull, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Wilson’s Snipe, and so many more!

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: 13-Lined Ground Squirrel and River Otter.

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

13- Lined Ground Squirrel
Black Bear
Fisher (tracks)
Grey Squirrel
Grey Wolf (Tracks)
Red Fox
Red Squirrel
River Otter
Striped Skunk
White-tailed Deer

Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area:

American Bittern
American Black Duck
American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
American Woodcock
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Brown Creeper
Brown-headed Cowbird
Canada Goose
Cedar Waxwing
Chipping Sparrow
Common Goldeneye
Common Grackle
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Golden Eagle
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Great Horned Owl
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater Yellowlegs
Green-winged Teal
Hairy Woodpecker
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Horned Lark
House Finch
House Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Lesser Scaup
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Northern Rough-winged   Swallow
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shrike
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Rough-legged Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruddy Duck
Ruffed Grouse
Rusty Blackbird
Sandhill Crane
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Short-eared Owl
Snow Bunting
Snow Goose
Snowy Owl
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture
Vesper Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wild Turkey
Wilson’s Snipe
Wood Duck
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler