Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Migration Update July 10, 2009

June and early July have brought plenty of moisture to Lacreek NWR. Weather patterns continue to bring rain nearly every week followed by cooler temperatures. Daytime temperatures reaching the 80's with only an occasional 90. Night time temperatures have dropped into the 60s and even the 50s. With the moisture and cooler temperatures, cool season plants have stayed green long past when they would typically turn dormant in the summer heat. The warm season plants have started to grow and are waiting on the warmer weather of July and August. There will be plenty of cover this year at the Refuge.

Many species of birds have now hatched out. Mallard and blue winged teal broods can be spotted in the cooler mornings and evenings. Numerous western and eastern meadowlarks have fledged and can be spotted learning to fly. Eastern and western kingbirds and cliff swallows have hatched out and the adults can be spotted catching dragonflies for their young. White tailed deer and their fawns seem to be everywhere you look. The wildflower display is just beginning, with blue vervain, common and swamp milkweed, black eyed Susan, spiderwort, and wild rose dotting the landscape with colors. Many wildflowers have yet to bloom, and will provide color on the Refuge through September.

If you are planning a visit, check with headquarters (605)685-6508 Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm mountain time for local road conditions. Local County Roads can be very muddy after rains. Entrance from the northeast through Tuthill is recommended.

Thinking of making a trip to Lacreek NWR?  Check out the latest weather forecast for the Lacreek area at    

Migration Updates:
June 1, 2009
April 30, 2009
April 28, 2009
April 14, 2009
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


Last updated: November 2, 2012