This month sees the arrival of the migratory Monarch butterfly. Viceroy, Queen, American Painted Beauty and Gulf Fritillary butterflies are also common. Northern harriers return to hunt over the refuge marshes.
November generally brings in the cold weather, so butterflies and wildflowers become scarce. Waterfowl populations reach their peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Clear cool days are great for spotting wildlife such as bobcats, deer, bear, and river otter. Kestrels, red-tailed hawks and red-shouldered hawks are commonly seen along Lighthouse Road. Bald Eagles begin to nest.