Wildlife Update: February 1, 2023

The last week in January was a cold one in the Grantsburg Area. Our temperatures have been mild for this time of the year, all month long, but we hit -20°F several days within the past week. The amount of snowfall has finally seemed to slow down a bit, which is a good thing for our winter resident wildlife (and for us, too!). We expect the weather to warm up again by this coming weekend.

Visitors should continue to proceed with caution when driving around the wildlife areas, as There is still a lot of snow (that has done some drifting over the past week), and the roads may become increasingly icy with this cold weather. It may not hurt to give us a call if you are planning a trip, just to see what road conditions are like.

Wildlife viewing has been quite typical for this time of year- relatively quiet, but with a few fun sightings here and there. A Snowy owl has been consistently sighted on Crex Meadows, as well as a Golden Eagle sighting now and again. Mammals are still roaming around as usual, and due to the large amount of snow, many are using the roads to get from place to place. Go slow as you drive, and you may be able to see all kinds of different tracks (including Grey Wolf, Coyote, Fox, Fisher, and even Bobcat!). 

Our highlights within the past week included Snowy Owl, Golden Eagle, Brown Creeper, and Northern Shrike. 

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

Fisher (tracks)

Grey Squirrel

Grey Wolf (tracks)

Red Fox

River Otter

White-tailed Deer

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

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Tree Sparrow

Bald Eagle

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown Creeper

Common Raven

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

European Starling

Golden Eagle

Hairy Woodpecker

Horned Lark

House Sparrow


Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Shrike

Pileated Woodpecker

Purple Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rock Pigeon

Rough-legged Hawk

Ruffed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Snow Bunting

Snowy Owl

Trumpeter Swan

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey