Summer Visitor Center Hours
Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Spring is here, but cooler temperatures are still in the air. Visitors should expect a cool and wet weekend with forecasted rain showers. Despite the cooler temperatures, birds continue to return to the area. More and more insects are appearing, and trees have begun to bud.
Continue to proceed with caution when driving around the wildlife areas as roads may be 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 Barn Swallows, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Brown Thrashers, Clay-colored Sparrows, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, 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 birds.
Mammals are still roaming around as usual. Highlights this week include: porcupines!
Mammals seen in the area within the last week:
13-Lined Ground Squirrel
Grey Wolf (tracks)
Did you see something that is not on our list? Feel free to give us a call to report it!
Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area:
|American Tree Sparrow
|American White Pelican
|Great Blue Heron
|Sharp-shinned Hawk Sharp-tailed Grouse
|Wild Turkey Wilson’s Snipe