green frog with brown spots hiding in green duckweed plants in water

Wildlife Watching

Opportunities exist year-round for viewing wildlife at the refuge. Several miles of hiking trails as well as a floating boardwalk and many other public use facilities are available. E-Bird is a great place to stay up-to-date with bird sightings (over 300 species of birds use the refuge).

  • Spring marks the return of waterfowl, wading birds, warbler, pelicans and a chorus of frogs is sure to be heard
  • Summer brings many species of nesting birds and wildlife with young as well as monarch butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators, and basking turtles
  • Fall is well known for the mass migration of birds including thousands of Canada geese, sandhilll cranes, and numerous duck species.
  • Winter is a good time to look for many species of hawks and owls, muskrats, otters, and coyotes
  • Other notable species to look for include: whooping cranes, black-necked stilts, and osprey

Please remember to keep your distance and respect wildlife.