Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Migration Update August 24, 2009

The weather pattern established in June has continued through August. A cold front passes through about once a week, dropping temperatures along with some very timely rains. Temperatures warm up into the high 80's or low 90's, followed by another cold front. This very timely moisture has encouraged the abundant growth of vegetation throughout Bennett County. As late summer approaches, some of the first migrants have begun to move through the area. Shorebird numbers have increased, and many species can be spotted feeding in the shallow portions of wetlands on the refuge and surrounding lands. Some of the first goose broods have fledged and are now starting to make evening flights to harvested wheatfields. Hundreds of drake wood ducks have moved into the Refuges wildrice beds, and along with the yellow headed and red winged blackbirds are consuming the rice as quickly as it matures. We have recently discovered that many of these drake wooducks migrate here to stage in the fall from Missouri and other locations south of here. They have found a good food source and secure location to complete their fall molt. Many of the wildflowers are in various stages of bloom, and provide yellows, pinks, and purples to the landscape. It looks to be a big year for common, prairie, Nuttal's and Maximillian sunflowers. Many other species of wildflowers, grasses, and sedges produced abundant seed and Refuge staff have already started the seed harvest season. Harvest will continue until the snow starts to fall. There are many other species currently using the Refuge's habitats. Late August and September is an excellent time to spend a morning or evening at Lacreek NWR.

We recommend using the northeast entrance after recent rainfall. Check with Refuge headquarters at (605)685-6508 Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM MST for current road conditions. Enjoy your visit!

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Migration Updates:

July 10, 2009
June 1, 2009
April 30, 2009
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March 26, 2009
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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
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April 21, 2008

Last updated: November 2, 2012