Calendar of Wildlife


This calendar is meant to serve as a guide to general Wildlife events for visitors. Weather and fluctuating water levels may cause variations in these events.


  • January

    Waterfowl numbers are at their peak during the first half of the month. Canada and snow geese are abundant along with many species of ducks; mallards are the most abundant. Waterfowl begin moving back by the end of the month.

  • February

     Waterfowl numbers begin to decline rapidly. Wood duck nesting begins. Depending on weather, fishing can be good by the end of the month.

  • March

    Waterfowl numbers as low, but variety of species can still be seen. Blue-winged teal and shorebirds begin migrating. Turtles are present on sunny days. Crappie fishing is at its best.

  • April

    Teal migration is at its peak. Warblers, vireos, and other small passerine birds are migrating. Migrant songbird nesting is in full progress. Wildflowers are at their peak.

  • May

     Broods of wood ducks, mallards, and black ducks appear. Young songbirds and rabbits begin to appear. The last of the migrant songbirds are moving through the refuge.

  • June

     With migration at an end, only resident birds and mammals are seen. Fishing for bluegill and bass is fairly good.

  • July

     Waterfowl activity is at its lowest ebb of the year. Songbird young are common in woods and fields.

  • August

     The fall migration of songbirds begins with purple martins bunching for their southward move. Large numbers of swallows move through and some early shorebird migration begins. A few blue-winged teal begin arriving. Fishing for catfish is good.

  • September

     Blue-winged teal migration is at its peak. Shorebirds and large numbers of swallows begin moving through. The first incoming geese arrive during the latter part of the month.

  • October

     Sport fishing is good. Waterfowl continue to arrive with good concentrations present by the end of the month. The mass of southward bound fall songbird migration is at its peak.

  • November

     Although songbird migration is a t its end, waterfowl numbers continue to increase. Large numbers of great blue herons can be seen congregating. Ret-tailed and marsh hawks along with raptors are common

  • December

     Waterfowl numbers reach their peak during the latter part of the month. Bald and golden eagles, although not common, may be present.