Wildlife Update: April 4, 2024

Spring Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm; Weekends: 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Spring weather is returning now after a few days of cold, snow, and ice returning to the flowages. There is just a little bit of snow left on the ground, and only a little ice left in the marshes. With the weather forecast for the next few days, all of the snow and ice should be gone soon.

Numbers of migrating birds are increasing slowly each week, with a few species showing up here and there. We know that this will start to pick up in the next couple of weeks.

Bird Highlights this Week: American Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Gadwall, Greater White-fronted Goose, Horned Lark, Lesser Scaup, Northern Shrike, Red-breasted Merganser, Tundra Swan.

Recent bird sightings in Burnett County (focused on areas around Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas):

American CrowEastern MeadowlarkRed-breasted Nuthatch
American GoldfinchEuropean StarlingRed-tailed Hawk
American KestrelFox SparrowRed-winged Blackbird
American RobinGreat Blue HeronRing-billed Gull
American Tree SparrowHairy WoodpeckerRing-necked Duck
American WigeonHooded MerganserRing-necked Pheasant
American WoodcockHorned LarkRock Pigeon
Bald EagleHouse FinchRough-legged Hawk
Belted KingfisherHouse SparrowRuffed Grouse
Black-capped ChickadeeKilldeerSandhill Crane
Blue JayMallardShort-eared Owl
Blue-winged TealMerlinSnow Bunting
Brown CreeperMourning DoveSnow Goose
BuffleheadNorthern CardinalSong Sparrow
Canada GooseNorthern FlickerTree Swallow
Common GoldeneyeNorthern HarrierTrumpeter Swan
Common GrackleNorthern ShovelerTundra Swan
Common LoonNorthern ShrikeTurkey Vulture
Common MerganserOspreyWestern Meadowlark
Common RavenPied-billed GrebeWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Cooper’s HawkPileated WoodpeckerWild Turkey
Dark-eyed JuncoPine SiskinWood Duck
Downy WoodpeckerPurple FinchYellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern BluebirdRed-bellied Woodpecker

Recent mammal sightings in Burnett County (focused on areas around Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas):

BeaverGrey SquirrelRed Squirrel
Black BearMinkRiver Otter
CoyotePorcupineStriped Skunk
FisherRed FoxWhite-tailed Deer