Wildlife Update: April 28, 2023

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


Black Bear



Grey Squirrel

Grey Wolf (tracks)





Red Fox

Red Squirrel

River Otter

Short-tailed Weasel

Striped Skunk

White-tailed Deer

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 Bittern
American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Barn Swallow
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Bonaparte’s Gull
Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Common Goldeneye
Common Grackle
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Cooper’s Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Great Blue Heron
Greater Scaup
Greater Yellowlegs
Green-winged Teal
Hairy Woodpecker
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Horned Lark
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Yellowlegs
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Palm Warbler
Peregrine Falcon
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Purple Finch
Purple Martin
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-necked Grebe
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
Savannah Sparrow
Sharp-shinned Hawk Sharp-tailed Grouse
Snow Bunting
Solitary Sandpiper
Song Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Swamp Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan
Turkey Vulture
Vesper Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow
Wild Turkey Wilson’s Snipe
Yellow-rumped Warbler