Bald eagles generally hatch mid-April. Young eagles often spotted atop muskrat houses on the Main Pool and Tschache Pool. Osprey hatch by mid-May and grow quick and strong for their fall migration--some go as far as South America.
Canada geese and several duck species nest on the refuge beginning in early-March. Watch for broods in early-May and see them grow throughout the summer. Scan the water at the beginning and end of the Wildlife Drive to see wood duck broods. Pied-billed grebes and American coots also nest and raise young here. Great blue herons nest in the woods adjacent to the Main Pool; although the rookery is not visible from the Wildlife Drive, herons make a good show throughout the summer (also look for green and black-crowned night herons). Cerulean warblers, rare in New York State, often nest in the trees at the head of the Wildlife Drive. Black terns may also nest on the Refuge; if you see a brood, please contact refuge staff.