Wildlife Update: March 30, 2023

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area

Wildlife Update: March 30, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Signs of Spring are everywhere in the Grantsburg area! Snow is melting (slowly), the sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer, and the birds are returning. We have still had a few cold days recently, but warmer weather looks to be on the way.

As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, visitors should continue to proceed with caution when driving around the wildlife areas, as roads may be very 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 Killdeer, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail, Sandhill Crane, Wood Duck, and more. Although some of our spring migrants are returning, we still have many winter birds hanging around. Snowy Owls (have been sighted as recently as March 28th), snow buntings, and many Rough-legged Hawks. These birds won’t stick around long, so make a trip to see them while you still can!

Mammals are still roaming around as usual. Highlights this week include: Black Bear, Coyote, Red Fox, and River Otter.

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

Black Bear
Fisher (tracks)
Grey Squirrel
Red Fox
River Otter
Striped Skunk
White-tailed Deer

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

American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Canada Goose
Cedar Waxwing
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Meadowlark
European Starling
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Hooded Merganser
Horned Lark
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Northern Shrike
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Rough-legged Hawk
Ruffed Grouse
Sandhill Crane
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Snow Bunting
Snowy Owl
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wild Turkey
Wood Duck