Wildlife Update: September 24, 2020
Weather has been back into the 80's this week in the Grantsburg Area, but fall weather looks like it will return over the weekend and into next week.
We are seeing beautiful fall colors right now in the area! It is a great time to come to Crex to take some pictures or just take a drive to enjoy the changing leaves!
We have been seeing lots of migrating birds coming through the area within the past week, including many small songbirds, shorebirds, some waterfowl, and more. A couple of the bird highlights for this week included: Merlin, Northern Shoveler, Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Bonaparte's Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Great Horned Owl, and more.
Sandhill cranes are beginning to congregate a bit more, but we won’t see a significant increase in numbers for at least the next couple of weeks. We generally see our peak numbers of cranes sometime around the last week in October and into the first week in November.
If you decide to take a drive or a hike on Crex Meadows, be aware that we are now getting into our fall hunting seasons. Here is the last of species and dates to be aware of:
-Black Bear Hunting with bait only: September 9-October 13
-Black Bear Hunting with bait and dogs: September 16-October 6
-Black Bear Hunting with dogs only: October 7-13
-Regular Goose Season: September 16- December 16
-Wild Ducks: September 26- November 24
-Woodcock: September 19- November 2
-Mourning Dove: September 1- November 29
-Wild Turkey: Zones 1-5: September 12- January 3; Zones 6-7: September 12- November 20
-Ruffed Grouse: September 12- January 3
-Archery and Crossbow: September 12- January 3
-Disabled Deer Hunt: October 3-11
-Youth Deer Hunt: October 10-11
Birds spotted in Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and Grantsburg Area within the last week:
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel
**See something out on our properties that isn’t on the list? Feel free to send us a report or stop in and tell us the story! We are always happy to hear observations from our visitors!