Summer Visitor Center Hours
Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm
If you are planning a trip to Crex Meadows, now is a great time to come! We have 173 different species on our recent bird sightings list, all sighted within the past week (within Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and the surrounding area). We have also been having lovely spring weather here in the Grantsburg area. There have been many days with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, and only some in the 60’s. Road conditions are great in the wildlife areas. All roads that were a mess this spring have been repaired.
Most waterfowl species that migrate through our area have gone north to nest, but there have been a few late sightings the past few days. These include Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Ruddy Duck.
We are still seeing a variety of different warblers, but numbers have decreased from what they were 1-2 weeks ago. Species still passing through include Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, and Wilson’s Warbler. Other warbler species still being sighted would be our local nesters.
We also had a few interesting shorebirds show up over the weekend, including Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Try heading out to Dike 5 or Phantom Lake in Crex Meadows to look for these species.
Other bird highlights included Black Tern, Bonaparte’s Gull, Chimney Swift, Forster’s Tern, Least Bittern, Merlin, Orchard Oriole, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Upland Sandpiper.
Visitors should also be aware that we are at the time where wood ticks and deer ticks will become abundant. Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing and utilize permethrin or other deterring sprays on your clothing to minimize risk.
Mammals seen in the area within the last week:
|13-Lined Ground Squirrel
Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area:
|American White Pelican
|Great Blue Heron
|Great Crested Flycatcher
|Great Horned Owl
|Black-throated Green Warbler
|Cape May Warbler
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!