Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Migration Update November 19, 2009

Waterfowl continue to move into and through the area.  Mallards are using the shallowly flooded portions of the wetland units, especially Pools 8 and 10.   Many of the swans can be seen from the tour loop in Pool 7 feeding on sago pond weed and arrowhead.  Temperatures have been mild for most of November, but we are slowly starting to build up our waterfowl numbers.  Canada geese remain dispersed throughout the refuge and in surrounding wetlands.  Colder weather is needed to push the larger numbers onto the refuge.

Many raptors are migrating into the area.  Red-tailed hawks, rough-legged hawks, Cooper’s hawks, short-eared owls, and long-eared owls can be seen near the prairie dog towns, and eagles can be seen sitting in trees near the pools waiting for an opportunity to catch a duck.

The rut is in full swing and bucks can be seen chasing does everywhere on the refuge.  Hunting seasons are still underway at the refuge. Archery deer, pheasant, and sharp-tailed grouse seasons are currently open. The next muzzleloader deer season will run November 25th to December 1st. The archery deer season will be closed during the muzzleloader season.  Don’t forget to pick up your free hunter entry permit if you come out to hunt pheasants or grouse.

A waterfowl count was conducted today:

Trumpeter Swans – 108
Canada Geese – 2027
Mallards – 13919
Gadwalls – 2
American Wigeon – 35
Green-winged Teal – 1500
Redheads – 10
Canvasbacks – 22
Ring-necked Ducks – 12
Buffleheads – 7
Waterfowl Total – 17645


Come out and visit and let us know what you see!
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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Previous Migration Updates:

November 2, 2009
October 14, 2009

September 29, 2009
August 24, 2009
July 10, 2009
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

Last updated: November 2, 2012