Wildlife Update: August 11, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The Grantsburg area is experiencing another dry summer. We have gotten some small amounts of rain, but definitely need more before fall arrives. You will see that water levels are low in many flowages due to this lack of rain.

Bird highlights over the past week include Great Egrets, baby American Coots on Grettum Dike Road, and many Sora on Grettum Dike Road.

One great activity to participate in this time of the year is searching for a wide variety of flowers in bloom. A few great places to find pollinators and wildflowers are the area around the intersection of Main Dike Road and James Road, all the way along James Road on the west side of the road, and on Abel Road.

Because we are still in “baby animal season”, the WI DNR would like to remind you to always keep wildlife wild. “Wild animals are valued by many, and it’s important to observe them at a respectful distance to keep them wild and allow for their life in the wild to continue. During the warmer months of spring and summer, the frequency of human-wildlife encounters increases, especially those involving young wild animals. While most of these encounters are harmless, there are times when well-intentioned people interfere in wildlife situations because they incorrectly assume a young animal is orphaned.”

REMEMBER: A young wild animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother!

For more information, visit the WI DNR website!

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

13-Lined Ground SquirrelGrey WolfRed Squirrel
BeaverMuskratRiver Otter
Black BearRaccoonWhite-tailed Deer & fawns
Grey SquirrelRed Fox

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

American CrowEuropean StarlingRed-tailed Hawk
American GoldfinchField SparrowRed-winged Blackbird
American KestrelGray CatbirdRing-necked Duck
American RedstartGreat Blue HeronRing-necked Pheasant
American RobinGreat Crested FlycatcherRock Pigeon
American White PelicanGreat EgretRose-breasted Grosbeak
Bald EagleGreater YellowlegsRuby-throated Hummingbird
Barn SwallowGreen HeronRuffed Grouse
Belted KingfisherHairy WoodpeckerSandhill Crane
Black TernHouse SparrowSedge Wren
Black-capped ChickadeeHouse WrenSharp-tailed Grouse
Blue JayIndigo BuntingSolitary Sandpiper
Blue-winged TealKilldeerSong Sparrow
Brown CreeperLeast FlycatcherSora
Brown ThrasherMallardSwamp Sparrow
Canada GooseMarsh WrenTree Swallow
Cedar WaxwingMourning DoveTrumpeter Swan
Chimney SwiftNorthern FlickerTurkey Vulture
Chipping SparrowNorthern HarrierVeery
Common GrackleOspreyWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Common LoonOvenbirdWild Turkey
Double-crested CormorantPied-billed GrebeWood Duck
Downy WoodpeckerPileated WoodpeckerWood Thrush
Eastern BluebirdRed-bellied WoodpeckerYellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern KingbirdRed-breasted NuthatchYellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern PhoebeRed-eyed Vireo

Did you see something that is not on our list (on the back of this page)? Feel free to give us a call to report it