Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Migration Update April 14, 2009

The weather has been nice the past few days with light winds and temperatures ranging from 35-65°F. Most of the snow from the last blizzard has melted and the roads are improving. Visitors are encouraged to use the northeast entrance (through Tuthill). The county road to the west has dried out but has some deep ruts and is rough. Call ahead to the refuge to check on road conditions if you are planning a visit – 605-685-6508.

Many new birds have arrived since the last blizzard. The waterfowl numbers jumped up from the last survey with large increases in Northern shoveler and green-winged and blue-winged teal. Waterfowl can be readily observed from the auto tour loop or on the Little White River Recreation Area. There has also been an increase in American white pelicans and great blue herons on the pelican nesting islands in Pool 9. Additionally, some early shorebird migrants have arrived since the weather has improved. Refuge staff have spotted many killdeer, lesser yellowlegs, and long-billed curlew. Mourning dove, yellow-headed blackbird, and snowy egrets arrived over the weekend. The short-eared owls and rough-legged hawks are taking advantage of this nice weather and all the small mammals it brings out. The nesting pair of bald eagles persevered through the storms and hatched out two eaglets over the weekend. A pair of golden eagles have been observed frequently and it is hoped that they will find suitable nesting habitat on the refuge. The burrowing owls returned as well and can be observed on the town northwest of Pool 9. Many more species of grassland and wetland birds will be arriving over the next few weeks. Mornings and evenings are the best time to view wildlife at the refuge, so come a little early and take a hike on the pelican island or wetland trail.

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Migration Updates:

April 7, 2009
March 26, 2009
March 2, 2009
February 2, 2009
January 7, 2009
December 18, 2008
December 10, 2008
November 12, 2008
October 31, 2008
October 14, 2008
September 25, 2008
August 4, 2008
June 12, 2008
May 13, 2008
April 21, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 3, 2008
February 10, 2008

Last updated: November 2, 2012