April 18 Snow Goose Migration Report

This information is current as of Thursday, April 18, 2013.
It appears that many of the snow geese in the Sand Lake area last week have
shifted back to the south. There are reports of small flocks of snows in southeastern
North Dakota, but many of the large flocks are to the south of Sand Lake. Good numbers
have been reported south of Groton, in Spink County, in areas near Wolsey and south of
Huron, and near Britton. As of yesterday, there was still a flock of just over 100,000
snow geese on Mud Lake, and several smaller flocks near highway 10 on Sand Lake.
Duck numbers have also dropped since last week.
The weather continues to be a big factor in holding up the migration. The Sand
Lake area has at least 8 inches of snow on the ground and little open water. High
temperatures this week have only been in the low 30’s. More rain and snow and highs in
the 30’s are predicted through the weekend. It looks like warmer temperatures may be
finally coming next week.
Refuge roads remain closed due to snow and wet conditions