Starting in November, geese by the thousands arrive at the refuge. These winter “snowbird” residents feed on refuge-grown grain, which prepares them for spring migration to summer breeding grounds farther north. By late February, both grain and geese are gone, but breeding season begins for owls, hawks, and fox squirrels. Northern harriers and red-shoulder hawks soar low over farm fields in search of small mammals and bald eagles are often seen along the Wildlife Drive. Visitors, too, flock to the refuge to observe waterfowl, photograph wildlife, and help with the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count.