Seasons of Wildlife


Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)


Chase Lake Wetland Management District provides year round habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and is visited by many migratory bird species during the spring and fall. 

  • Spring and Fall


    Large flocks of birds utilize the thousands of wetlands throughout the two-county district in the spring and fall. During this time, peak concentrations can reach thousands of various waterfowl species. The principal waterfowl nesting species are Canada geese, mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, shovelers, and gadwall.


    Lesser Scaup / Photo Credit:  Rick Bohn

  • Summer


    Other nesting marsh and water birds include eared, western, and pied-bill grebes; double-crested cormorants; great blue herons; black-crowned night herons; and American bitterns. Shorebirds, such as killdeer, plovers, sandpipers, willets, yellowlegs, marbled godwits, American avocets, and phalaropes are plentiful during migration.


    Western Grebes / Photo Credit:  Rick Bohn