Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Welcome to the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge page! For official information about the Refuge, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/shiawassee/.

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Our agency is known for our scientific excellence, our stewardship of lands an

For more about the Fish and Wildlife service, go to www.fws.gov. Welcome

This is an official page of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To learn more about our social media efforts, and to find a list of official USFWS social media sites, please visit our social media hub:http://www.fws.gov/home/socialmedia/

Our agency is known for our scientific excellence, our stewardship of lands an

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On this day we acknowledge all those who served with honor in our military. Happy Veteran's Day! In Photo: Military vehi...
11/11/2021

On this day we acknowledge all those who served with honor in our military. Happy Veteran's Day!

In Photo: Military vehicle with helmet by DZackCulver / Pixabay

On this day we acknowledge all those who served with honor in our military. Happy Veteran's Day!

In Photo: Military vehicle with helmet by DZackCulver / Pixabay

Tundra swans are known to winter on estuaries and coastal waters; this makes the refuge a perfect fit. It may come as a ...
11/09/2021

Tundra swans are known to winter on estuaries and coastal waters; this makes the refuge a perfect fit. It may come as a surprise, but they mainly sleep on water during the winter months.

In Photo: Tundra Swans in shallow water by Ryan Dziedzic

Tundra swans are known to winter on estuaries and coastal waters; this makes the refuge a perfect fit. It may come as a surprise, but they mainly sleep on water during the winter months.

In Photo: Tundra Swans in shallow water by Ryan Dziedzic

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will conduct an aerial application of herbicide throughout the Green Point ar...
11/09/2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will conduct an aerial application of herbicide throughout the Green Point area (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw) in the near future. This is scheduled to occur the morning of Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

To avoid the risk of exposure, we ask that visitors do not enter the Green Point area or use any nearby trails during the application or for 24 hours afterwards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the refuge at (989) 777-5930 or [email protected].

In Photo: Helicopter spraying by FWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will conduct an aerial application of herbicide throughout the Green Point area (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw) in the near future. This is scheduled to occur the morning of Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

To avoid the risk of exposure, we ask that visitors do not enter the Green Point area or use any nearby trails during the application or for 24 hours afterwards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the refuge at (989) 777-5930 or [email protected].

In Photo: Helicopter spraying by FWS

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Nov. 5th by Ryan ...
11/08/2021

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Nov. 5th by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 1
Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 3173
Tundra Swan 222
Wood Duck 41
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 175
Gadwall 1457
American Wigeon 1486
Mallard 1904
American Black Duck 208
Northern Pintail 2584
Green-winged Teal 1225
Canvasback 5
Redhead 14
Ring-necked Duck 2553
Greater Scaup 1
Bufflehead 23
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 179
Ruddy Duck 41
Pied-billed Grebe 61
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
Mourning Dove 16
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 1709
Sandhill Crane 333
Wilson's Snipe 1
Bonaparte's Gull 148
Ring-billed Gull 761
Herring Gull 319
Double-crested Cormorant 85
American White Pelican 107
Great Blue Heron 12
Great Egret 40
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1
Northern Harrier 8
Bald Eagle 11
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 22
Tufted Titmouse 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 3
European Starling 12
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 22
House Sparrow 6
American Pipit 2
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
Snow Bunting 4
American Tree Sparrow 25
Fox Sparrow (Red) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 16
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Rusty Blackbird 130
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 3

In Photo: Mixed flock of dabblers flying over refuge wetlands by Ryan Dziedzic

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Nov. 5th by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 1
Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 3173
Tundra Swan 222
Wood Duck 41
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 175
Gadwall 1457
American Wigeon 1486
Mallard 1904
American Black Duck 208
Northern Pintail 2584
Green-winged Teal 1225
Canvasback 5
Redhead 14
Ring-necked Duck 2553
Greater Scaup 1
Bufflehead 23
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 179
Ruddy Duck 41
Pied-billed Grebe 61
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
Mourning Dove 16
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 1709
Sandhill Crane 333
Wilson's Snipe 1
Bonaparte's Gull 148
Ring-billed Gull 761
Herring Gull 319
Double-crested Cormorant 85
American White Pelican 107
Great Blue Heron 12
Great Egret 40
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1
Northern Harrier 8
Bald Eagle 11
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 22
Tufted Titmouse 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 3
European Starling 12
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 22
House Sparrow 6
American Pipit 2
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
Snow Bunting 4
American Tree Sparrow 25
Fox Sparrow (Red) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 16
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Rusty Blackbird 130
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 3

In Photo: Mixed flock of dabblers flying over refuge wetlands by Ryan Dziedzic

Snow buntings breed in the high Arctic. During the winter their rusty color display helps them match the winter grasslan...
11/05/2021

Snow buntings breed in the high Arctic. During the winter their rusty color display helps them match the winter grassland habitat.

In Photo: Snow Bunting on gravel by Ryan Dziedzic

Snow buntings breed in the high Arctic. During the winter their rusty color display helps them match the winter grassland habitat.

In Photo: Snow Bunting on gravel by Ryan Dziedzic

October 24th -31st is internationally celebrated as Bat Week! Last week we had a wonderfully good time learning about ba...
10/31/2021

October 24th -31st is internationally celebrated as Bat Week!

Last week we had a wonderfully good time learning about bats at our Bat Night Program at Green Point Environmental Learning Center led by Friends Board member, Christina Schall.

Thank you to all who supported!

I'm Photo: Group listens to presentation about bats by Lionel D. Grant /USFWS

October 24th -31st is internationally celebrated as Bat Week!

Last week we had a wonderfully good time learning about bats at our Bat Night Program at Green Point Environmental Learning Center led by Friends Board member, Christina Schall.

Thank you to all who supported!

I'm Photo: Group listens to presentation about bats by Lionel D. Grant /USFWS

It was noted during the Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey a familiar species was observed. One (or pos...
10/29/2021

It was noted during the Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey a familiar species was observed. One (or possibly two) Glossy/White-faced Ibis were seen.

In 2020, one of the same species was spotted the majority of the winter near the entrance of the Wildlife Drive.

In Photo: Glossy/White-faced Ibis

It was noted during the Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey a familiar species was observed. One (or possibly two) Glossy/White-faced Ibis were seen.

In 2020, one of the same species was spotted the majority of the winter near the entrance of the Wildlife Drive.

In Photo: Glossy/White-faced Ibis

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 22nd by Ryan...
10/29/2021

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 22nd by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 2
Greater White-fronted Goose 2
Canada Goose 3583
Trumpeter Swan 5
Tundra Swan 236
Wood Duck 178
Blue-winged Teal 11
Northern Shoveler 71
Gadwall 1562
American Wigeon 1384
Mallard 1855
American Black Duck 172
Northern Pintail 1973
Green-winged Teal 1691
Canvasback 20
Redhead 78
Ring-necked Duck 732
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 65
Ruddy Duck 66
Pied-billed Grebe 60
Mourning Dove 40
Common Gallinule 14
American Coot 1550
Sandhill Crane 3017
Dunlin 5
Ring-billed Gull 176
Herring Gull 115
Double-crested Cormorant 175
American White Pelican 52
Great Blue Heron 17
Great Egret 85
Cattle Egret 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1
Northern Harrier 4
Bald Eagle 11
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 26
Horned Lark 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 2
European Starling 10
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 6
American Pipit 2
American Goldfinch 1
Lapland Longspur 1
Snow Bunting 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 15
White-throated Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 9
Red-winged Blackbird noted
Rusty Blackbird 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 3

In Photo: Cattle Egret feeding at Shiawassee Refuge by Ryan Dziedzic

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 22nd by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 2
Greater White-fronted Goose 2
Canada Goose 3583
Trumpeter Swan 5
Tundra Swan 236
Wood Duck 178
Blue-winged Teal 11
Northern Shoveler 71
Gadwall 1562
American Wigeon 1384
Mallard 1855
American Black Duck 172
Northern Pintail 1973
Green-winged Teal 1691
Canvasback 20
Redhead 78
Ring-necked Duck 732
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 65
Ruddy Duck 66
Pied-billed Grebe 60
Mourning Dove 40
Common Gallinule 14
American Coot 1550
Sandhill Crane 3017
Dunlin 5
Ring-billed Gull 176
Herring Gull 115
Double-crested Cormorant 175
American White Pelican 52
Great Blue Heron 17
Great Egret 85
Cattle Egret 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1
Northern Harrier 4
Bald Eagle 11
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 26
Horned Lark 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 2
European Starling 10
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 6
American Pipit 2
American Goldfinch 1
Lapland Longspur 1
Snow Bunting 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 15
White-throated Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 9
Red-winged Blackbird noted
Rusty Blackbird 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 3

In Photo: Cattle Egret feeding at Shiawassee Refuge by Ryan Dziedzic

Join us Friday, October 22nd for Bat Night! at Green Point Environmental Learning Center.We will have children's activit...
10/18/2021

Join us Friday, October 22nd for Bat Night! at Green Point Environmental Learning Center.

We will have children's activities, a black-light bug observation and a bat hike at dusk! This event is free to attend!

When: Friday, October 22, 2021 5:30-7:30PM
Where: Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw, MI)

Join us outside of Green Point as we recreate responsibly!

In Photo: Bats in flight by PublicDomainPictures /Pixabay

Join us Friday, October 22nd for Bat Night! at Green Point Environmental Learning Center.

We will have children's activities, a black-light bug observation and a bat hike at dusk! This event is free to attend!

When: Friday, October 22, 2021 5:30-7:30PM
Where: Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw, MI)

Join us outside of Green Point as we recreate responsibly!

In Photo: Bats in flight by PublicDomainPictures /Pixabay

A little perspective goes a long way. Here is a picture of one of the three water control structures installed this summ...
10/16/2021

A little perspective goes a long way. Here is a picture of one of the three water control structures installed this summer.

The Wildlife Drive had to be dug up to install this massive structure. This structure is an important tool in helping us achieve our management goals. And ultimately another win for wildlife.

In Photos: Area with water control structure during and after installation by Refuge Biologist, Eric Dunton /USFWS

Scarlet tanagers are described as medium-sized songbirds with stocky proportions. Although they are insectivorous, they ...
10/16/2021

Scarlet tanagers are described as medium-sized songbirds with stocky proportions. Although they are insectivorous, they can be observed eating fruit during migration.

In Photo: Scarlet Tanager on branch by Ryan Dziedzic

Scarlet tanagers are described as medium-sized songbirds with stocky proportions. Although they are insectivorous, they can be observed eating fruit during migration.

In Photo: Scarlet Tanager on branch by Ryan Dziedzic

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 9th by Ryan ...
10/15/2021

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 9th by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 1
Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 2320
Trumpeter Swan 10
Tundra Swan 13
Wood Duck 186
Blue-winged Teal 314
Northern Shoveler 153
Gadwall 655
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 1811
Mallard 1734
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
American Black Duck 135
Northern Pintail 2714
Green-winged Teal 1429
Redhead 58
Ring-necked Duck 139
Lesser Scaup 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 23
Wild Turkey 2
Pied-billed Grebe 98
Mourning Dove 20
Sora 5
Common Gallinule 58
American Coot 1762
Sandhill Crane 91
Killdeer 20
Hudsonian Godwit 1
Dunlin 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 102
Herring Gull 3
Double-crested Cormorant 127
American White Pelican 38
Great Blue Heron 36
Great Egret 83
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 6
Bald Eagle 8
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Belted Kingfisher 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 4
Horned Lark 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Marsh Wren 2
European Starling 150
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
American Pipit 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
White-crowned Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 55
Red-winged Blackbird 750
Brown-headed Cowbird 75
Rusty Blackbird 30
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 18
Northern Cardinal 4

In Photo: American Redstart on branch by Ryan Dziedzic

Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 9th by Ryan Dziedzic.

Snow Goose 1
Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 2320
Trumpeter Swan 10
Tundra Swan 13
Wood Duck 186
Blue-winged Teal 314
Northern Shoveler 153
Gadwall 655
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 1811
Mallard 1734
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
American Black Duck 135
Northern Pintail 2714
Green-winged Teal 1429
Redhead 58
Ring-necked Duck 139
Lesser Scaup 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 23
Wild Turkey 2
Pied-billed Grebe 98
Mourning Dove 20
Sora 5
Common Gallinule 58
American Coot 1762
Sandhill Crane 91
Killdeer 20
Hudsonian Godwit 1
Dunlin 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 102
Herring Gull 3
Double-crested Cormorant 127
American White Pelican 38
Great Blue Heron 36
Great Egret 83
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 6
Bald Eagle 8
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Belted Kingfisher 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 4
Horned Lark 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Marsh Wren 2
European Starling 150
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
American Pipit 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
White-crowned Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 55
Red-winged Blackbird 750
Brown-headed Cowbird 75
Rusty Blackbird 30
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 18
Northern Cardinal 4

In Photo: American Redstart on branch by Ryan Dziedzic

10/01/2021
Beaver Pair on the Refuge

At night the refuge remains a busy place. This trail cam footage captured two beavers being active at night.

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Video Credit: One beaver chewing while another is swimming away from the shore captured by Shiawassee Refuge Biology Division /USFWS

The Wildlife Drive is closed for the season. Please see seasonal closures that affect our hiking trails.The Ferguson Bay...
09/30/2021

The Wildlife Drive is closed for the season. Please see seasonal closures that affect our hiking trails.

The Ferguson Bayou Trail and Woodland Trail will be closed on the following dates:

Oct. 1, 2021 – Oct. 7, 2021
Oct. 29, 2021 – Nov. 4, 2021
Nov. 15, 2021 – Nov. 23, 2021
Nov. 26, 2021 –Nov. 30, 2021
Dec. 3, 2021 – Dec. 9, 2021
Dec. 17, 2021 – Dec. 23, 2021
Dec. 27, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

We encourage you to visit our trails at Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw) and Germania (adjacent to the property) which remain open 365 days a year during daylight hours.

To see these dates on our website visit:https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/trail_closure_21.pdf

In Photo: Crossing_signal by paulbr75 Pixabay

The Wildlife Drive is closed for the season. Please see seasonal closures that affect our hiking trails.

The Ferguson Bayou Trail and Woodland Trail will be closed on the following dates:

Oct. 1, 2021 – Oct. 7, 2021
Oct. 29, 2021 – Nov. 4, 2021
Nov. 15, 2021 – Nov. 23, 2021
Nov. 26, 2021 –Nov. 30, 2021
Dec. 3, 2021 – Dec. 9, 2021
Dec. 17, 2021 – Dec. 23, 2021
Dec. 27, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

We encourage you to visit our trails at Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw) and Germania (adjacent to the property) which remain open 365 days a year during daylight hours.

To see these dates on our website visit:https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/trail_closure_21.pdf

In Photo: Crossing_signal by paulbr75 Pixabay

Address

6975 Mower Rd
Saginaw, MI
48601

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Tuesday 7:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4pm
Friday 7:30am - 4pm

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On this day we acknowledge all those who served with honor in our military. Happy Veteran's Day! In Photo: Military vehicle with helmet by DZackCulver / Pixabay
Tundra swans are known to winter on estuaries and coastal waters; this makes the refuge a perfect fit. It may come as a surprise, but they mainly sleep on water during the winter months. In Photo: Tundra Swans in shallow water by Ryan Dziedzic
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will conduct an aerial application of herbicide throughout the Green Point area (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw) in the near future. This is scheduled to occur the morning of Wednesday, November 10, 2021. To avoid the risk of exposure, we ask that visitors do not enter the Green Point area or use any nearby trails during the application or for 24 hours afterwards. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the refuge at (989) 777-5930 or [email protected]. In Photo: Helicopter spraying by FWS
Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Nov. 5th by Ryan Dziedzic. Snow Goose 1 Cackling Goose 2 Canada Goose 3173 Tundra Swan 222 Wood Duck 41 Blue-winged Teal 4 Northern Shoveler 175 Gadwall 1457 American Wigeon 1486 Mallard 1904 American Black Duck 208 Northern Pintail 2584 Green-winged Teal 1225 Canvasback 5 Redhead 14 Ring-necked Duck 2553 Greater Scaup 1 Bufflehead 23 Hooded Merganser 5 Common Merganser 179 Ruddy Duck 41 Pied-billed Grebe 61 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15 Mourning Dove 16 Common Gallinule 1 American Coot 1709 Sandhill Crane 333 Wilson's Snipe 1 Bonaparte's Gull 148 Ring-billed Gull 761 Herring Gull 319 Double-crested Cormorant 85 American White Pelican 107 Great Blue Heron 12 Great Egret 40 Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1 Northern Harrier 8 Bald Eagle 11 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Rough-legged Hawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 22 Tufted Titmouse 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 Brown Creeper 3 European Starling 12 Eastern Bluebird 3 American Robin 22 House Sparrow 6 American Pipit 2 Purple Finch 1 American Goldfinch 4 Snow Bunting 4 American Tree Sparrow 25 Fox Sparrow (Red) 3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 16 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 7 Red-winged Blackbird 75 Rusty Blackbird 130 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Northern Cardinal 3 In Photo: Mixed flock of dabblers flying over refuge wetlands by Ryan Dziedzic
Snow buntings breed in the high Arctic. During the winter their rusty color display helps them match the winter grassland habitat. In Photo: Snow Bunting on gravel by Ryan Dziedzic
October 24th -31st is internationally celebrated as Bat Week! Last week we had a wonderfully good time learning about bats at our Bat Night Program at Green Point Environmental Learning Center led by Friends Board member, Christina Schall. Thank you to all who supported! I'm Photo: Group listens to presentation about bats by Lionel D. Grant /USFWS
It was noted during the Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey a familiar species was observed. One (or possibly two) Glossy/White-faced Ibis were seen. In 2020, one of the same species was spotted the majority of the winter near the entrance of the Wildlife Drive. In Photo: Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 22nd by Ryan Dziedzic. Snow Goose 2 Greater White-fronted Goose 2 Canada Goose 3583 Trumpeter Swan 5 Tundra Swan 236 Wood Duck 178 Blue-winged Teal 11 Northern Shoveler 71 Gadwall 1562 American Wigeon 1384 Mallard 1855 American Black Duck 172 Northern Pintail 1973 Green-winged Teal 1691 Canvasback 20 Redhead 78 Ring-necked Duck 732 Lesser Scaup 4 Bufflehead 1 Common Merganser 65 Ruddy Duck 66 Pied-billed Grebe 60 Mourning Dove 40 Common Gallinule 14 American Coot 1550 Sandhill Crane 3017 Dunlin 5 Ring-billed Gull 176 Herring Gull 115 Double-crested Cormorant 175 American White Pelican 52 Great Blue Heron 17 Great Egret 85 Cattle Egret 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1 Northern Harrier 4 Bald Eagle 11 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 5 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 26 Horned Lark 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Brown Creeper 1 Marsh Wren 2 European Starling 10 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 6 American Pipit 2 American Goldfinch 1 Lapland Longspur 1 Snow Bunting 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 15 White-throated Sparrow 4 Savannah Sparrow 4 Song Sparrow 7 Swamp Sparrow 9 Red-winged Blackbird noted Rusty Blackbird 6 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Northern Cardinal 3 In Photo: Cattle Egret feeding at Shiawassee Refuge by Ryan Dziedzic
Join us Friday, October 22nd for Bat Night! at Green Point Environmental Learning Center. We will have children's activities, a black-light bug observation and a bat hike at dusk! This event is free to attend! When: Friday, October 22, 2021 5:30-7:30PM Where: Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple Street, Saginaw, MI) Join us outside of Green Point as we recreate responsibly! In Photo: Bats in flight by PublicDomainPictures /Pixabay
A little perspective goes a long way. Here is a picture of one of the three water control structures installed this summer. The Wildlife Drive had to be dug up to install this massive structure. This structure is an important tool in helping us achieve our management goals. And ultimately another win for wildlife. In Photos: Area with water control structure during and after installation by Refuge Biologist, Eric Dunton /USFWS
Scarlet tanagers are described as medium-sized songbirds with stocky proportions. Although they are insectivorous, they can be observed eating fruit during migration. In Photo: Scarlet Tanager on branch by Ryan Dziedzic
Here are the most recent Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring survey results. Survey conducted Oct. 9th by Ryan Dziedzic. Snow Goose 1 Cackling Goose 2 Canada Goose 2320 Trumpeter Swan 10 Tundra Swan 13 Wood Duck 186 Blue-winged Teal 314 Northern Shoveler 153 Gadwall 655 Eurasian Wigeon 1 American Wigeon 1811 Mallard 1734 Mallard (Domestic type) 1 American Black Duck 135 Northern Pintail 2714 Green-winged Teal 1429 Redhead 58 Ring-necked Duck 139 Lesser Scaup 2 Hooded Merganser 2 Ruddy Duck 23 Wild Turkey 2 Pied-billed Grebe 98 Mourning Dove 20 Sora 5 Common Gallinule 58 American Coot 1762 Sandhill Crane 91 Killdeer 20 Hudsonian Godwit 1 Dunlin 1 Wilson's Snipe 1 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Lesser Yellowlegs 2 Ring-billed Gull 102 Herring Gull 3 Double-crested Cormorant 127 American White Pelican 38 Great Blue Heron 36 Great Egret 83 Black-crowned Night-Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 1 Northern Harrier 6 Bald Eagle 8 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Belted Kingfisher 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 11 Tufted Titmouse 4 Horned Lark 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Marsh Wren 2 European Starling 150 Hermit Thrush 1 American Robin 3 American Pipit 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1 White-crowned Sparrow 12 White-throated Sparrow 2 Savannah Sparrow 17 Song Sparrow 14 Swamp Sparrow 55 Red-winged Blackbird 750 Brown-headed Cowbird 75 Rusty Blackbird 30 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Parula 1 Blackpoll Warbler 1 Palm Warbler (Western) 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 18 Northern Cardinal 4 In Photo: American Redstart on branch by Ryan Dziedzic