Fall Bird Watching

Clear skies and autumn colors set the perfect scene for fall bird watching! With more than 400 different species statewide, Wisconsin is filled with trails and terrain to observe these majestic creatures before and during their fall migration. Here are a few locations to check out this season:

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

This 30,000-acre complex of marsh and woodlands is home to 270 species of bird including nesting herons, breeding eagles and osprey and trumpeter swans. Fall migrations bring more than 7,000 sandhill cranes and 12,000 geese to the area!

Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area

About 5 miles southeast of Florence, these lake-filled barrens boast a collection of birds such as the red-tailed hawk, yellow-bellied sapsucker and clay-colored sparrow. The Pine River runs through the area, providing a scenic backdrop for your relaxing birding adventure!

International Crane Foundation

If you’re a fan of the long necked, long legged feathered creature, the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is the one place in the world where you can see all species of crane! As the international leader in conservation of this endangered species, the ICF features the rarest birds such as the whopping crane and the Sarus crane in a restored prairie.

Time your visit just right and check out a schedule for fall migrations. And when you go, be sure to bring a bird identification guide, binoculars, and most importantly, your love for nature!

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