April 9, 2018 Update
We will visit the property at the end of the week to see if we are able to put up the viewing blinds in time for the weekend. The birds will dance as soon as they are physically able (as long as they are not falling through fluffy snow). If we are still unable to access the dancing grounds due to deep snow conditions, we will attempt it again on Monday, April 16th and will update you with information as it becomes available.
Prior to this last snow fall, birds had been just started to arrive on the grounds with very little activity, especially since most parts of the dancing grounds had deep snow. In more normal springs, they would be more active by this time. It would be extremely difficult for you to safely reach the dancing grounds right now, although there is sketchy access along St. Croix Trail and Dry Landing to go to other parts of the property. You are welcome to still come to the property, but the blinds will not be there. We were there last week and saw rough-legged hawks, eagles, a ton of deer and of course, flushed some sharp-tailed grouse. I’d request that you stay on the main town roads so you do not get stuck and so our firebreaks do not get too rutted up.
If this impacts your viewing dates, please check the calendar for more opportunities and updates. I hope you are able to find another viewing day that will work for you. I made a couple more days available in April and there are plenty in May, which probably will be good viewing this year. If dates are full, check back periodically, because I expect more will open up.
Call with any questions. Thanks!
Wildlife Biologist – Wildlife Management
Phone: (715) 635-4091