Seasons of Wildlife

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Black Coulee National Wildlife Refuge offers habitat for species of the prairie pothole region.  Short to mixed grass prairie dominates the uplands, while the low areas are dominated by wet meadows and wetland vegetation. Through the seasons, wildlife and plant life changes.  Spring will have migration of many different bird species along with various flowering forbs.  Summer will entail nesting birds both in the prairies and in the wetlands, and grasses will start to go dormant due to limited precipitation and warmer days.  Grasshoppers will start to come out in late summer.  By fall, migration is back on as waterfowl from all around start making their way south. Winter is by far the quietest time of year.  If you are lucky you might catch a snowy owl on a fence post, or a flock of sharp-tailed grouse.  The open view is available year round, but it too changes colors with the seasons.