Wildlife Observation

Black bear up tree

Black bear up tree Photo Credit USFWS


Wildlife Viewing Tips
Wildlife viewing carries responsibilities. Observe from a safe distance and use binoculars. Move slowly and casually and not directly toward wildlife. The Refuge is home to several species of large mammals (black bear, cougar, and moose) who may feel threatened by human presence. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. We are the guests. Be prepared for varied weather and terrain. Do not venture off roads without good maps and a compass. Slow down-wildlife viewing requires patience and quiet. Best viewing is typically dawn and dusk, especially during summer months.

Easy to see Wildlife
Common goldeneye, coyote, great blue heron, osprey, painted turtle, red-necked grebe, red-tailed hawk, ruffed grouse, river otter, white-tailed deer, moose, wild turkey, yellow-rumped warbler

Hard to see Wildlife
Black bear, bobcat, cougar, elk, great gray owl, mink, white-headed woodpecker

Refuge Wildlife Through the Seasons
In Winter: bald eagle, coyote, finches, great horned owl, northern shrike, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodpeckers

In Spring: beaver, black bear, bluebirds, chipmunks, magpies, moose, snipe, warblers, waterfowl

In Summer: coyote, hummingbird, osprey, painted turtle, red-tailed hawk, swallows, wild turkey

In Fall: crossbill, grouse, kinglets, waterfowl, white-tailed deer