Fox River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1,054 acres of wetland and upland habitat along the Fox River in Marquette County, Wisconsin. The refuge is closed to the public with the exception of licensed deer hunters during designated time periods of the deer archery and gun seasons.

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      Our Species

      Well-known for their elaborate courtship dances, graceful flight and prehistoric calls, sandhill cranes are the most common cranes in North America. Cranes build their nests on dry land or attached to vegetation above the water line to “float” with rising water levels. Within 24 hours of hatching crane chicks can walk and swim. Families (mother, father and young) typically stay together for about 10 months, until early in the spring following the young bird’s hatching. Fewer than 100 cranes use the refuge for nesting habitat during the summer, but hundreds use the refuge as a staging (gathering) area during the fall migration.