Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Migration Update
October 25, 2012

 

There are many species of raptors passing through the Refuge currently and we are starting to see 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. Duck diversity has increase as well. Canada geese are starting to concentrate, but there are still not large amounts of migrants. The most recent waterfowl count follows:

Species

10/25/2012

Trumpeter Swan

11

Canada Goose

2,550

Mallard

2,484

Common goldeneye

2

Gadwall

3,351

American Widgeon

870

American green-winged teal

247

Blue winged-teal

44

Northern shoveler

16

Northern pintail

153

Redhead

17

Canvasback

44

Ring-necked duck

41

Bufflehead

2

Ruddy duck

132

Total

9964

 


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

January 4, 2012
December 20, 2011
December 7, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 4, 2011
October 21, 2011
March 16, 2011

Last updated: November 2, 2012