What animals will you be able to see at Nachusa this winter? There are actually many mammals and birds active during Illinois’s cold weather months. Pictured below are some species you will enjoy and be most likely to see during a visit.
To see owls, here’s a tip: Look for the great horned owls silhouetted in the trees. Then look for white owl scat on the trees or the owl’s pellets at the base of trees. These clues may show you where they roost during the day.
The owls may be harder to see because they’re most active at night, but if you listen carefully, you may hear them. The great-horns calls sound like someone saying, “Who’s awake? Me, too.” The barred owl also has a very distinctive call that sounds like “Who cooks for you?”