Spring Migration

Waterfowl are among the first birds to show up in the spring, but they can’t do so until the lakes and wetlands start to open up. The picture at the bottom of this page shows waterfowl in the middle of a small area of water while most of the rest of the large pond is still frozen. The picture to the right was taken a few days later after the ice was completely off the pond.

Over 400 waterfowl have been observed on the largest pond at one time during thespring migrations.Over 30 species of waterfowl have been identified ranging from ruddyducks to tundra swans. The most common nesting species are mallards, wood ducks and blue-winged teal. Green herons, green-winged teal, American coots, hooded mergansers and pied-billed grebes often nest here as well.

Click to see photos of campus waterfowl.