Wildlife Update: January 3, 2023

Happy New Year everyone! We hope that 2023 will be a wonderful year for our local wildlife and for all of our visitors!

We are experiencing a very snowy winter in the Grantsburg area so far. We have had multiple storms throughout December, and now more to come in early January. We had a couple storms that were significant enough to create multiple power outages in the area, with trees and tree limbs down everywhere! Because of these storms, there are about 14 inches of snow accumulation out on our wildlife areas (this is even after the “heat wave” that we had last week!). 

Visitors should proceed with caution when driving around the wildlife areas, as plows are having a hard time keeping up this year with the snow coming so consistently. 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- pretty quiet, but with a few fun sightings here and there. Snowy owls have been sighted on and off, as well as Red Crossbills and Short-eared Owls! None of these have been reported within the past week, but they may still be hanging around the area somewhere- so keep your eyes peeled. 

Our highlights within the past week include: Great Horned Owl, Northern Shrike, and Sharp-tailed Grouse. 

Mammals seen in the area within the last week


Grey Squirrel

Grey Wolf (tracks)

Red Fox

White-tailed Deer

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

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Tree Sparrow

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Common Raven

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

European Starling

Golden Eagle

Great Horned Owl

Hairy Woodpecker

House Finch


Northern Cardinal

Northern Shrike

Pileated Woodpecker

Pine Siskin

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rough-legged Hawk

Ruffed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Snow Bunting

Trumpeter Swan

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey