Birds - Gray Catbird
This relative of the mockingbird is usually heard before it is seen. The catbird likes the densest shrubbery, and it typically lives in forest edges, usually avoiding pine forests. The catbird can sometimes be observed near the visitor center, near eye-level or lower to the ground. Its cat-like, descending mew call can be heard during the summer months. First observed around early May.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.