Wildlife Update: July 1, 2022
Summertime is officially here! And it certainly is feeling like summer outside. We have had lots of hot weather over the past couple of weeks, including some days in the high 90’s. We have also had some severe weather coming through the area recently, but thankfully we have not had too much damage. The wildlife in Burnett County is also in summer mode. Animals are most active in the morning and evening and tend to hide out during the hottest parts of the day.
If you take a trip to Crex Meadows this time of the year, there are lots of fun things to see! Summertime means also means it is baby animal season. We are seeing lots of baby birds around the property, including goslings and cygnets (swans) that are growing quickly, ducklings of different species, Sandhill crane colts, and so much more! We have also had recent reports of several different snapping turtles laying their eggs!
In addition to hatchling birds, we are also now in the season where we are seeing LOTS of baby mammals (including fawns). During this time, the WI DNR would like to give people a reminder to “Keep Wildlife Wild” whenever possible. This means that when you see a young animal on its own, do not automatically assume that it is orphaned. Wild animal moms often leave their young unattended and in a safe place while they go in search of food. They then return later to tend to the young. It is best to enjoy wildlife from a distance and try not to interfere.
Here are some bird highlights from the past week: Black Tern, Black-and-white Warbler, Dickcissel, Least Bittern, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-necked Grebe, Sora, Upland Sandpiper, and Virginia Rail.
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
American White Pelican
** Rare bird to Wisconsin/Glacial Lake Grantsburg Area
Black Bear (& cubs)
White-tailed Deer (and fawns)
**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!