Wildlife Update: September 8, 2021
The fall season is coming soon to the Grantsburg Area! Weather has still been hot some days over the past couple of weeks, but weather coming up within the next couple of weeks looks significantly cooler, with highs in the high 60’s and low 70’s.
Our fall bird migration is starting to pick up as well. We have had a wide variety of shorebirds and songbirds coming through, and some that have already started to head further south. Next, we will start to notice more waterfowl beginning to migrate through the area, starting with Blue and Green-winged Teal (which have already started). We are not yet seeing many migrating Sandhill Cranes showing up in the area, but our resident birds have started to form groups in preparation for the migration season. The best time to watch cranes at Glacial Lake Grantsburg properties is during the month of October and early November.
The first fall hunting seasons have also arrived! Black bear hunting (with the use of hound dogs) opened September 8th, early teal season opened September 1st and will close September 9th, Mourning Dove, Snipe, Sora, and Virginia Rail opened September 1st and will close November 10th, and early Canada goose season opened September 1st and will close September 15th.
For more information on hunting season dates throughout the fall, you may refer to the WI DNR Website (searching keywords “hunting seasons” OR you may call the Visitor Center at 715-463-2896).
Birds spotted in Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and Grantsburg Area within the last week:
Great Blue Heron
American White Pelican
** Rare bird to Wisconsin/Glacial Lake Grantsburg Area
13-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!