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Seasons of Wildlife

Sand Pipers at TR

Biologists and volunteers perform seasonal wildlife surveys at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. Check here often for the latest sightings.

Fall Flight Surveys (Duck Counts)

Each week during fall migration biologists from the Illinois Natural History Survey fly over the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to count the number of waterfowl using the river habitat. These counts estimate the number of ducks and geese seen on the routes only, not the entire refuge. Survey numbers are used to describe general trends in the number of waterfowl resting and feeding on the refuge through the years. Survey results are used by managers, hunters and birdwatchers to monitor the progress of migration. Biologists use the number as a tool to assess waterfowl use (often referred to as carrying capacity) in response to management actions. Waterfowl use is influenced by off-Refuge factors such as continental populations and habitat and weather conditions throughout the flyway. On the refuge, food availability and the extent of human disturbance greatly influence the number of birds present.

To view weekly waterfowl numbers from the Illinois Natural History Survey visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Pages/MRAerialSurveys.aspx. The labels in the survey that relate to the refuge are Swan Lake, Gilbert Lake, and Batchtown Refuge.

Volunteer Surveys

Sam, a volunteer for the refuge, visits the refuge nearly 52 weeks per year to perform bird counts. Click on weekly reports below to find out what Sam saw this week.

 
 Sam's Weekly Bird Count 
 
2014  2013  2012 
Jan. 17, 2014  Jan. 3, 2013  Sept. 7, 2012 
Jan. 23, 2014  Jan. 9, 2013  Sept. 12, 2012 
Feb. 12, 2014  Jan. 17, 2013  Sept. 20, 2012 
Feb. 19, 2014  Jan. 23, 2013  Oct. 4, 2012  
Feb. 26, 2014  Jan. 31, 2013   Oct. 12, 2012  
March 5, 2014  Feb. 6, 2013   Oct. 17, 2012 
March 20, 2014  Feb. 14, 2013  Oct. 24, 2012  
March 26, 2014  Feb. 20, 2013   Oct. 31, 2012  
April 1, 2014  March 1, 2013  Nov. 7, 2012  
April 11, 2014  March 7, 2013  Nov. 14, 2012 
April 18, 2014  March 15, 2013  Nov. 23, 2012  
April 23, 2014  March 21, 2013  Nov. 29, 2012 
  March 29, 2013  Dec. 6, 2012 
  April 5, 2013  Dec. 27, 2012 
  Nov. 1, 2013   
  Nov. 14, 2013   
  Nov. 19, 2013   
  Nov. 27, 2013   
  Dec. 2, 2013   
  Dec. 24, 2013   

 

Other Volunteer Surveys   

A number of volunteers visit the refuge during spring and fall bird migrations. They see a large variety of bird species as they travel to the different refuge divisions. Check back soon to see their most recent sightings.

Date: May 7, 2014

# of Species: 71

Canada Goose 11
Gadwall 5
Mallard 4
Blue-winged Teal 12
Northern Shoveler 6
Ruddy Duck 1
Northern Bobwhite 4
American White Pelican 15
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 8
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 10
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 5
Long-billed Dowitcher 15
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 11
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Horned Lark 5
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 12
Cliff Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 3
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 6
Dickcissel 15
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 6
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 4

 

Last Updated: May 07, 2014
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