Bucket List Birding in the American Heartland

Minnesota and Wisconsin offer opportunities for spotting some of America’s most rare and spectacular birds. The magnificent Whooping Crane, the rare Kirtland’s Warbler and the mighty Gyrfalcon are a few of the most-wanted birds that can be spotted in these Upper-Midwest states.

 

Minnesota’s varied landscape of prairie, wetlands and forest offers a array of habitats that draws a spectacular variety of resident birds. Much of the state is located along a major global flyway, which brings migrating birds through the state by the millions from season to season. Learn more: https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/a-closer-look-at-a-south-african-conservancy-experience/

 

Hawk Ridge in Duluth, on the shores of Lake Superior, is one of the nations premier raptor-viewing destinations. On an Autumn day, a lucky visitor might spot Osprey, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and more.

 

Other Minnesota birding destinations include Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.Learn more: http://wildark.com/study-the-wild/

 

Wisconsin borders two Great Lakes and boasts more than 15,000 inland lakes, making it a dream destination for fans of waterfowl and shorebirds. Sprawling national forests and vast grasslands add to the range of bird habitat.

 

Horicon Marsh Northwest of Milwaukee is one of the largest cattail marshes in the country at 33,000 acres. Tens of thousands of Canada Geese create a spectacle at Horicon Marsh during their migration. American White Pelican, Trumpeter Swan, Great Egret, Blue Heron, and several waterfowl species nest at the marsh. Wild Turkey, Snow Bunting, Bobolink, and several species of raptor can also be found breeding at Horicon. Learn more: http://wildark.com/our-story/

 

Other birding hotspots in Wisconsin include Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

 

These locations and many more across the country depend on the support of organizations and individuals in order to maintain habitat for these varied species. One organization that is working to conserve the world’s biodiversity is WildArk. A visit to their website at wildark.com will inspire a desire to connect with nature and provides a wonderful resource for conservation-focused content.