Wildlife Updates

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Wildlife Update: February 6, 2024

Winter Visitor Center Hours Weekdays: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm; Weekends: CLOSED until Spring What an odd “winter” it has been so far! Temperatures have been uncharacteristically mild for most of…
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Wildlife Update: November 30, 2023

Winter Visitor Center Hours Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Weekends: CLOSED The Crex Meadows area has really started to quiet down within the past couple of weeks. During…
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Wildlife Update: October 16, 2023

Sandhill Crane viewing season is well underway, but numbers of cranes will continue to build throughout October, with our peak numbers typically being present the last week of the month.
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Wildlife Update: September 29, 2023

Fall Visitor Center Hours Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. As October nears, the Grantsburg area is certainly experiencing fall weather! Many days…
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Wildlife Update: September 9, 2023

Fall Visitor Center Hours Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We are finally into September, and signs of fall are in the air!…
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Wildlife Update: August 11, 2023

Bird highlights over the past week include Great Egrets, baby American Coots on Grettum Dike Road, and many Sora on Grettum Dike Road.
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Wildlife Update: July 11, 2023

The Grantsburg area is experiencing another dry summer. The area did get a couple inches of rain over the 4th of July weekend, but not much more than that. Water levels are low in many flowages due to the lack of precipitation. There have been a few wildfires recently, one of them on Crex property (on Main Dike Road, south of the Refuge).
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Wildlife Update: June 30, 2023

Summer has officially arrived in the Grantsburg Area! Although, it felt like summer much earlier than this with the hot and dry conditions that we’ve been experiencing starting in May. The area could benefit from some rain soon!
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Wildlife Update: June 21, 2023

Summer has officially arrived in the Grantsburg area! Although, it felt like summer much earlier than this with the hot and dry conditions that we’ve been experiencing starting in May. The area could benefit from some rain in the near future!
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Wildlife Update: June 2, 2023

Young animals are starting to become a common sight on the Glacial Lake Grantsburg properties right now. Bear cubs, fox kits, fawns, and goslings have all been spotted recently. Swan cygnets are likely not far behind. Please keep in mind that the best thing to do when encountering young animals is to give them their space. Help us keep wildlife wild!
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Wildlife Update: May 23, 2023

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.
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Wildlife Update: May 16, 2023

If you are planning a trip to Crex Meadows, now is the time to come! We are at the peak of our bird migration season, with our longest sightings list yet at 164 different species (all sighted within the past week). 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 only some in the 60’s. Road conditions are improving every day on the wildlife areas. The township staff have been grading roads, and we have had many dry days to help out.
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Wildlife Update: May 9, 2023

Many of our warblers are starting to show up in the area. These include Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, and more.
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Wildlife Update: May 4, 2023

We have also had several of our warblers and sparrows returning to the area within the past week. A few highlights include Clay-colored Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow.
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Wildlife Update: May 1, 2023

Visitors should be aware that we are getting close to 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.
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Wildlife Update: April 28, 2023

Spring is here, but cooler temperatures are still in the air. Visitors should expect a cool and wet weekend with forecasted rain showers. Despite the cooler temperatures, birds continue to return to the area. More and more insects are appearing, and trees have begun to bud.
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Wildlife Update: April 24, 2023

Within the past few days, we have been seeing several different species showing up in the area, including American White Pelican, Broad-winged Hawk, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Gadwall, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Herring Gull, Horned Grebe, Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Ruddy Duck.
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Wildlife Update: April 14, 2023

Spring has sprung in the Grantsburg area! After several days reaching temperatures into the 80’s, the snow is almost completely gone, other than in the heavily shaded areas. The sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer, and more birds are returning every day!
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Wildlife Update: March 30, 2023

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.
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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…
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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…
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Wildlife Update: December 1, 2022

Winter has arrived in the Grantsburg area.
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Wildlife Update: October 21, 2022

The fall season is in full swing here in the Grantsburg Area! Temperatures have been cool, with some days in the 30’s, but mostly highs in the 40’s and 50’s.…
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Wildlife Update: October 3, 2022

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area Wildlife Update: October 3, 2022 Summer Visitor Center Hours Weekdays from 9:00 am- 5:30 pm Weekends 10:00 am- 4:00 pm The fall season is in…
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 Wildlife Update: September 20, 2022

Summer Visitor Center Hours Weekdays from 9:00 am- 5:30 pm Weekends 10:00 am- 4:00 pm We are heading into the fall season here in the Grantsburg Area! Temperatures have remained…
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Visitor Center Hours

Closed most holidays.

SPRING (April-Mid June)

Weekdays: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

SUMMER (Mid June-Labor Day)

Weekdays: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

FALL (Labor Day-October 31st)

Weekdays: 9:00 am- 5:30 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

WINTER (November-March)

Weekdays: 8:00 am-4:30pm
Weekends: CLOSED