Wildlife & Habitat

Canada Geese 512 x 375

The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge provides food, water, and shelter for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife species. Refuge staff manage the land to fit the needs of migratory birds and resident wildlife.

  • Northern Pintail

    Northern Pintail 150 x 150

    The Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is a large dabbling duck that nests in the spring between April and June. The male is easily identifiable displaying a chocolate colored head and long central tail feather. The female lays seven to nine cream-coloured eggs at a rate of one per day. Should the clutch be destroyed, the female can produce a replacement clutch, generally with less eggs then the first clutch. Incubation lasts about 23 days and upon hatching, the hen leads her brood to wetlands that have good cover and food source.

  • Hungarian Partridge

    Partridge 150 x 150

    Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix) or Grey Partridge make their home on the refuge year-round. Unlike waterfowl, they are a non-migratory species. Hens lay up to twenty eggs in a ground nest typically close to a food source where she can get seed for food. After hatching, the chicks can only digest insects which are available around field edges.

  • Mallard

    Mallard 150 x 150

    The Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos) can be seen in most bodies of water within the Refuge. Males have a distinctive glossy green head and females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. The female will seek out and area for nesting that is well concealed away from ground predators such as skunks and fox. The female will generally incubate for 28 days at which time the ducklings will hatch and head for a nearby water source.