Number of breeding adults at the refuge reportedly down slightly from last year, but still among highest on record.
Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Some 27,120 breeding adults have returned from as far away as California and the Gulf Coast to raise their chicks. That’s down about 6,600 birds from last year, but still is among the highest recorded at the 4,385-acre refuge north of Medina. A record 35,466 birds were counted at the refuge in 2000.