We heard our first of the year Baltimore Oriole singing on the trail fitness walk yesterday afternoon. Trails are still flooded in low areas, but most areas are dry. Enjoy the spring!
Mayapple, Virginia Bluebells, Trout Lily, Trillium, Spring Beauty and ferns are all coming up. Trails are flooded and wet in areas.
Lots of spring activity from all kinds of wildlife! Woodchuck families are out and about, spring migratory birds are continuing to come through, and goslings are hatching. Please be careful as there is standing water in areas and lots of mud.
“Nibbles” came to the Wildlife Sanctuary from the Milwaukee area. Sadly, he had been kept as an illegal pet for the first 2 years of his life, and was finally turned in to the Wildlife In Need Rehab Center in Oconomowoc. Unfortunately for Nibbles, he was...
Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, and Hermit Thrushes were all present this afternoon. Trails are wet and muddy in areas.
Gorgeous day to be out on our trails! Once the sun came out, we spotted the first of the year Fox sparrows. Song sparrows were singing up a storm and robins were hopping around. Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal were moving in the open parts of the marsh and a smaller...
Trails are muddy, with puddles in low areas. Song Sparrows were singing today and paired up cranes are busy scoping out the marsh. Some ice still remains.
One trend we have been seeing is the increase of endangered and threatened populations making their way into the Wildlife Sanctuary. With 2014 marking 100 years since we lost the last Passenger Pigeon, wildlife enthusiasts are more aware of populations in decline now...
Please use caution as you walk–there are slippery areas of mud and puddles forming.
The dusting of snow has allowed us to see all types of animal tracks. Foxes, cottontails, squirrels, turkeys, geese and ducks, deer, opossums; and rodent tunnels under the snow can be see as well.