Fawn Season

It’s Fawn Season! White-tailed deer have started having young– and even if it seems the youngsters are alone, they typically are not! Mom does not always stay by the fawn. She does not want to lure predators to the youngster. Fawns typically lay quietly in...

Trail mostly dry

Most areas are drying out, there are only a few low spots with standing water.  Mosquitoes are hatching and are present.   Birds are busy nesting and starting nesting behavior.  Many spring flowers such as bluebells are done blooming, and some, such as Mayapples will...

Oriole singing

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!

Wet conditions

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 the Mallard duck

“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...

Migrants coming in

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.

Fox Sparrows back

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...

Song Sparrow is back

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.

Helping Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

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...