Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Wisconsin

Rainbows over a refuge road.

A male northern prairie skink.

A brown thrasher on its nest.

A singing red winged blackbird.


After the storm, clouds at sunset.


Rainbows over Phantom Lake.

A red fox kit.


An American bittern.


A red fox kit at its den.

A thirteen-lined ground squirrel.


Trumpeter swans.

A red fox with food for its kits.

An eastern king bird.

A bullsnake's face.

A bullsnake.

Sandhill cranes take flight.

In May I visited the Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge located near Grantsburg Wisconsin for the first time. It turns out that Crex Meadows has a lot to offer nature photographers.  In just a few days I was able to locate and photograph trumpeter swans, northern prairie skinks, bullsnakes, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, red fox, and many other mammals and birds. 

I was surprised by the variety of species making their home on the refuge. I also saw coyotes and wolves, but wasn't able to photograph them. 

Crex Meadows is a wonderful place and one of the largest wildlife refuges in Wisconsin. While I was there I stopped in the visitor center and found the people to be incredibly kind and helpful. The refuge roads are in good shape, well layed out, and often close to water. 

If you get the chance, Crex Meadows is a great place to visit.  There is a lot to see and do there, and it was surprisingly uncrowded. I can't wait to go back.

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