Summer is the time for prairies to come alive with wild flowers. The lemon yellow narrow leafed puccoon, the darker yellow western wallflower, the tall colorful blanket flower, the delicate little blue-eyed grass, the beautiful lavender-pink flower with the ugly name - spider wort, the white chickweed, the fragile looking evening primrose, the yellow-white wild licorice, the fuzzy little pussy toes, the white to pink scarlet gaura, the dark red to orange scarlet mallow, the tall stately purple prairie coneflower, the North Dakota state flower - the wild prairie rose, the pink bee balm (or as some people call it) stink weed because of its bad odor if you crush a leaf, or the pink to orange papery flowers of winged dock are just a few of the blooms you might see on the Refuge and the Wetland Management District.
Early June will offer the first opportunity to observe newborn white-tailed fawns. By mid-month most of the migrating birds are gone and broods of geese and ducks will be making their appearance. In July, Canada geese will be grouping on large lakes in preparation for their flightless period during their molt (growing new feathers).
By late summer you'll see migrating shorebirds on the wetlands with exposed mudflats. The roadsides will be white with astors and some dried up wetlands will look bright red with the red samphire in full bloom, the prairie birds will be migrating through from the northern breeding area