Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Migration Update
November 16, 2012

 

There are many species of raptors passing through the Refuge currently and we are seeing rough-legged hawks and some golden eagles.  Sandhill cranes and white-fronted geese are often seen and heard flying over wetlands.  Trumpeter swans have also made an appearance and visitors are likely to observe a pair or family group while driving the auto tour loop.  Canada geese migrants are arriving as well.  The most recent waterfowl count follows:

 

Species

11/16/2012

Trumpeter Swan

198

Canada Goose

12,828

Mallard

18,466

Common goldeneye

76

Tundra Swan

3

Snow Goose

1

American green-winged teal

4

Northern pintail

8

Canvasback

6

Ring-necked duck

15

Bufflehead

10

Total

31,584

 


Waterfowl use of the Refuge may change daily due to the interaction between weather and migration events.
If you are planning a trip, feel free to contact Headquarters (605-685-6508) during normal business hours of 7 AM to 3:30 PM MST Monday through Friday excluding Holidays to check on road conditions.

 

 


Previous Migration Reports

October 25, 2012
January 4, 2012
December 20, 2011
December 7, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 4, 2011
October 21, 2011

Last updated: November 17, 2012