State of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin is a state in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States with an area of a little under 170,000 km2 (54,000 square miles). It borders Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 25th-largest state by land area and the 20th-most populous. The bulk of Wisconsin’s population live in areas situated along the shores of Lake Michigan. The largest city, Milwaukee, anchors its largest metropolitan area with around 1.5 million people, followed by the state capital, Madison, which is the fastest-growing city in the state, followed by Green Bay and Kenosha. Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties and has a population of nearly 6 million people.

With its location between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Wisconsin is home to a wide variety of geographical features. The state is divided into five distinct regions. In the north, the Lake Superior Lowland occupies a belt of land along Lake Superior. Just to the south, the Northern Highland has massive mixed hardwood and coniferous forests including the 1,500,000-acre (610,000-hectare) Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, as well as thousands of glacial lakes, and the state’s highest point, Timms Hill. In the middle of the state, the Central Plain has some unique sandstone formations like the Dells of the Wisconsin River in addition to rich farmland. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands region in the southeast is home to many of Wisconsin’s largest cities. The ridges include the Niagara Escarpment that stretches from New York, the Black River Escarpment and the Magnesian Escarpment. The state’s boundaries include the Mississippi River and St. Croix River in the west, and the Menominee River in the northeast. In the southwest, the Western Upland is a rugged landscape with a mix of forest and farmland, including many bluffs on the Mississippi River. Overall, 46% of Wisconsin’s land area is covered by forest.

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Wisconsin is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers and is known as ‘America’s Dairyland’; it is particularly famous for its cheese. The state is also famous for its beer, particularly and historically in Milwaukee, most notably as the headquarters of the Miller Brewing Company. Wisconsin has some of the most permissive alcohol laws in the country and is well known for its drinking culture. Its economy is dominated by manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, and agriculture—specifically dairy, cranberries, and ginseng. Tourism is also a major contributor to the state’s economy.[ Most of Wisconsin is classified as warm-summer humid continental climate, while southern and southwestern portions are classified as hot-summer humid continental climate. Wisconsin also receives a large amount of regular snowfall averaging around 40 inches (100 cm) in the southern portions with up to 160 inches (410 cm) annually in the Lake Superior snowbelt each year.

Birding Wisconsin

While Wisconsin lacks the scenic grandeur of the west and the notoriety of the east, it does contain variety and surprises that few states can match. It’s a place where boreal forests of the north meet hardwood forests of the east and the grasslands of the west. Rough dimensions of the state are 300 miles north & south by 150 miles east & west. The northern third of the state contains thousands of lakes surrounded by forests of White Pine, Hemlock, Maple, and Yellow Birch. These lakes provide nesting areas for Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Common Loon (Great Northern Diver). The western boundary is the Mississippi River and its associated wetlands and bottomland forests. The eastern boundary is Lake Michigan with its sandy shores. The latter two serve as major flyways for numerous migratory birds… ducks, swans, raptors, and passerines.

While more than 400 species have been observed in Wisconsin, a more realistic number to shoot for in a given year would be 300. This of course would require lots of driving to find rarities. Warblers are high on the most-desired list for birders in Wisconsin; with over 30 species occurring and over 20 species nesting in the state. Warblers such as Kentucky, Cerulean, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated can be observed in the southern part of the state, especially along the Mississippi River in places like Wyalusing State Park. While the north woods are home to Blackburnian, Cape May, Northern Parula, Nashville, Canada, and Magnolia. The peak time for warbler watching is the first two to three weeks in May.

Other highlights include wintering Bald Eagles along the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. Where dams keep the water open, eagles can easily be observed. Sauk Prairie along the Wisconsin River and Cassville along the Mississippi are consistently good during the winter. Waterfowl migrations along the Mississippi River. Each Spring and Fall, thousands of geese and ducks pass through. Most impressive are the thousands of Tundra Swans that congregate along the Mississippi in October and November. Good spots to observe the Swans are Rieck’s Lake in Alma and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge north of La Crosse. Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country. Hundreds of thousands of geese and ducks pass through here each spring and fall. In addition, several species of ducks along with herons, egrets, bitterns, and rails nest here.

The recommended guidebook is Wisconsin’s Favorite Bird Haunts published by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. The revised fifth edition (2009), contains detailed descriptions with maps of birding hotspots in every county of the state and is archived on their website.

  • Jim Marrari

    East Troy, WI |

Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 462

    (As at May 2024)

    State Bird - American Robin Turdus migratorius

  • Avibase

    PDF Checklist
    This checklist includes all bird species found in Wisconsin , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to report them.
  • Chequamegon Bird Club

    PDF Checklist
    Wisconsin Birds Field Checklist
  • Wikipedia

    Annotated List
    As of July 2022 there were 441 species and a species pair included in the official list.
  • Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

    PDF Checklist
    Checklist of the Birds of Wisconsin 2020 - Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
  • eBird

    PDF Checklist
    497 species (+215 other taxa) - Year-round, All years
Useful Reading

  • American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin

    | By Charles Hagner & Brian E Small | Scott & Nix, Inc | 2019 | Flexibound | 368 pages, colour photos | ISBN: 9781935622697 Buy this book from
  • Birding Trails: Wisconsin

    | By Steve Betchkal | Sandhill Crane Press | 2017 | Paperback | 400 pages, colour photos, colour maps | Out of Print | ISBN: 9781940239002 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin

    | By Bob Janssen, Daryl Tessen & Gregory Kennedy | Lone Pine Publishing | 2003 | Paperback | 376 pages, illustrations, map | ISBN: 9781551053240 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Wisconsin

    | By Owen J Gromme | University of Wisconsin Press | 1998 | Hardback | Milwaukee Public Museum Hardcover | 236 pages, 107 colour plates | ISBN: 9780299158606 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Wisconsin Field Guide

    | By Stan Tekiela | Adventure Publications | Edition 3 | 2020 | paperback | 324 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9781591939559 Buy this book from
  • Wisconsin Birds

    | (A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species) | By James R Kavanagh & Raymond Leung | Waterford Press | 2000 | Unbound | 12 pages, colour illustrations, 1 colour map | ISBN: 9781583551707 Buy this book from
  • Wisconsin Birds : A Seasonal and Geographical Guide

    | By Stanley A Temple, John R Cary & Robert E Rolley, | University of Wisconsin Press | 1997 | Edition 2 | Paperback | 320 pages, Figures, maps | ISBN: 9780299152246 Buy this book from
Useful Information
  • Badgerland Birding

    Badgerland Birding was created by two brothers in the Wisconsin Birding Community named Ryan and Derek Sallmann. Their goal is to use media to create spread knowledge about birds and other animals that live not only in Wisconsin but all across the United States. Be sure to check out their Birding videos on youtube.
Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • Brew City Birding Festival

    Kick things off with the Green Birding Challenge as we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an eco-friendly birding challenge. Followed by a week of bird-themed field trips, virtual and in-person lectures, family-friendly programs, and birdwatching!
  • Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

    Winter, spring, summer and fall….. Ashland County is a year-round vacation destination for nature enthusiasts and silent sports fans. No matter the season Northern Wisconsin’s Waterfalls are always open. Ashland County cordially welcomes visitors to enjoy and explore this shining jewel crowning the greatest of the Great Lakes.
  • Green Lake Bird Festival

    For more information, please contact the Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau at 920.294.1050 or
  • Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

    We hope you find this year’s festival as enjoyable as past years. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during the last couple of years. There is no trip limit this year. Bring on the birds!
  • McFarland Bird Festival

    Facebook Page
    The McFarland Bird Festival is annual event held in McFarland WI as part of our Bird City designation. The event is held in April at Lewis Park on the shores of Lower Mud Lake.
  • Northwoods Birding Festival

    Join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day! Explore the wildlife and natural beauty of the Wisconsin Northwoods with a variety of guided hikes and tours, bird watching expeditions, live bird of prey presentations, bird banding demonstrations, and interactive workshops...
  • Aldo Leopold Audubon Society

    Welcome to the webpages for the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society serving Central Wisconsin. It has been my pleasure to provide leadership and work with an outstanding group of people on the Board of Directors of ALAS as we strove to implement the ALAS vision and represent nearly 550 members of our chapter…
  • Audubon Society in Wisconsin

    Offices & Chapters
  • BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin

    The BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin is a community of people of color who love the outdoors and the birds and beauty of natural Wisconsin and wish to connect with others who share the same passion. It is with great respect that the BIPOC Birding Club acknowledges and celebrates the inherent sovereignty of Ho-Chunk Nation and the 11 indigenous First Nations within what is now referred to as the State of Wisconsin. The sacred ancestral land our events occur on is that of the Ho-Chunk People.
  • Bird City Wisconsin

    Bird City Wisconsin, the first Bird City program, provides highly visible public recognition to municipalities that understand that healthy communities are the sum of many parts, including birds. We support our communities in their efforts to protect and manage green space, educate their citizens, build and erect nesting structures, landscape with native plants, reduce threats to birds such as collisions and outdoor cats, and generally make urban areas both friendlier for birds and places where people want to live and work.
  • Chappee Rapids Audubon Society

    Facebook Page
    The Chappee Rapids Audubon Society is a Michigan - Wisconsin organization whose purpose is to conserve, appreciate, and protect wildlife and the environment.
  • Chequamegon Bird Club

    The Chequamegon Bird Club is a group of people interested in learning about birds and sharing their experiences watching birds. Some members are very knowledgeable, having been birdwatching for many years, and others are just beginners. We learn from each other and from guest speakers and programs at our meetings. Also see Facebook Page:
  • Coulee Region Audubon Society

    Serving the communities of La Crosse, Vernon, and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin and Houston and Winona Counties in Minnesota.
  • Fond du Lac County Audubon Society

    We encourage all who have an interest in nature and the quality of our environment to become members of the National Audubon Society, and of our local chapter, the Fond du Lac County Audubon Society. Part of your dues comes back to the local chapter and part pays for your subscription to Audubon magazine, published bimonthly
  • Friends of Horicon Marsh

    The Friends of Horicon Marsh are volunteers who believe in the importance of connecting people and wildlife by preserving this 33,000-acre wetland in northern Dodge County and southern Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin — a true Natural Wonder of the World!
  • Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society

    Facebook Page
    66 Meadowlark Drive Hudson, WI 54016 - 715-271-1663 - Also see the Facebook Page.
  • Green Rock Audubon Society

    Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 as a Section 501 C (3) non-profit corporation and is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Between 2000 and 2004 we acquired a conservation easement and 250 acres of land so we are a land trust. In 2007 we began aggressively restoring our property.
  • Horicon Marsh Bird Club

    From backyard bird watchers to field ornithologists and researchers, Bird Club activities are available for novice and expert birders alike. We encourage families and youth to join us in observing and studying Wisconsin birds.
  • Hoy Audubon Society

    Hoy Audubon Society serves eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin. The name commemorates Dr Philo Romayne Hoy after whom Hoy's Screech Owl was named.
  • Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

    Hunt Hill is a nature preserve and learning center, open to all, dedicated to fostering the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment.
  • Lakeland Audubon Society

    Lakeland Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society that functions as an independent non-profit organization. Our mission is to support the Audubon Society’s programs while also providing local educational opportunities. We strive to accomplish this mission by donating Audubon Adventure kits to local elementary schools and by having speakers at our monthly meetings that cover a variety of nature related subjects. Our chapter is based out of Elkhorn Wisconsin, serving residents of Walworth County and the surrounding areas.
  • LoonWatch

    LoonWatch is a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, WI. It was founded in 1978 to monitor the population, reproductive success, and habitat use of the common loon in northern Wisconsin. The other goal of LoonWatch is to raise public awareness and appreciation of the common loon through outreach and educational programs. All of the monitoring observations come from volunteers, called Loon Rangers, living across Wisconsin. Our contact information is: LoonWatch, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, Ashland, WI 54806
  • Milwaukee Audubon Society

    The mission of the Milwaukee Audubon Society, Inc. (MAS) is to protect and restore Wisconsin’s natural heritage and ecology through active leadership, education, advocacy and stewardship.
  • Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin

    Another newly designed NC site in its early development - Welcome to the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy home page! Here you'll find information on the many ways we're working with the people of our state to help preserve the diversity of living things by protecting the habitats in which they live…
  • Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society

    Formerly known as NEW Audubon Society, we've been protecting birds through conservation, education and advocacy since 1963.
  • Oshkosh Bird Club

    This Oshkosh Bird Club website is no longer being updated. For the most current birding information please visit the Winnebago Audubon Society webpage. Look under BIRDS.
  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

    Once a farm for the Schlitz Brewery draft horses, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is Milwaukee’s comprehensive nature center. We offer six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs, and Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • Sheboygan County Audubon Society

    Interested in birds and the natural world? Come to a meeting, visit our hawk watch, or take a walk with us! We will introduce you to the world around you! Also see our Facebook page.
  • Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance

    Did you know that National Audubon and Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance (formerly known as Madison Audubon) are two separate organizations?
  • Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance (formerly Madison Audubon)

    Together with our members, we celebrate, enjoy, and protect Wisconsin's birds and natural heritage.
  • UW-Madison Audubon Society

    The Audubon Society - UW-Madison, exists to provide interested UW-Madison students and community members opportunities to engage in extracurricular dialogue, observation, and study of birds and bird conservation. This may include but is not limited to: arranging lectures, discussions, film-screenings, and field outings. This organization exists as a campus chapter of the National Audubon Society. This organization will therefore uphold the general ideals established by the National Audubon Society and commit to perform at least one conservation project each year in accordance with the National Audubon Society's requirement of the Audubon On-Campus program.
  • Winnebago Audubon Society

    Winnebago Audubon encourages people to enjoy and protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through recreation, education, conservation, and restoration of the natural environment.
  • Wisconsin Audubon Council

    Facebook Page
    Connecting people across Wisconsin through the wonder of birds.
  • Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society

    Our mission is to encourage wise environmental practices through education and awareness.
  • Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

    The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that was established in 1939. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds. We provide opportunities for all people to enjoy resident and migratory birds, while being a leading steward of and ambassador for Wisconsin birds. WSO sponsors birding field trips throughout the year, hosts an annual birding convention, publishes a quarterly journal and monthly newsletter, offers research grants, and serves as an informational resource center on bird-related issues.

Abbreviations Key

  • *Protected areas of Wisconsin

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    This category includes articles on protected areas within the U.S. state of Wisconsin. This includes federal, state, local and privately controlled/owned areas.
  • *Wisconsin State Parks

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    This section of the DNR Website will give you information about many of our larger state properties that are excellent places to hunt, hike or watch wildlife. Wisconsin can take pride in its vast treasure of natural resources, particularly its wildlife. Public lands managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provide many opportunities and public spaces for you and your family to hunt, fish, hike, canoe, watch or photograph wildlife. Escape from your daily routine amidst the forests, prairies and wetland meadows and enjoy the natural beauty of Wisconsin.
  • NC Hixon Forest Nature Center

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    Hixon Forest Nature Centre welcomes you to our world of birding, environmental education, hiking, prairie restoration and other wonderful events. The Nature Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and protection of local natural areas. These natural areas include forest, marsh, rare native prairies, bluffs, and rivers - all habitats of incredible numbers of wildlife.
  • NC Hunt Hill Nature Centre & Audubon Sanctuary

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    Hunt Hill was donated to the National Audubon society in 1955 by Frances Hunt Andrews. Her dream was to see the property used as an environmental education centre where people could have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about nature in the same way that she did.
  • NC Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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    The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) is a 185-acre stretch of untouched land along the shore of Lake Michigan. Escape from the world of concrete to hike six miles of trails, walk along the beach, and enjoy the spectacular view from their 60-foot observation tower…
  • NC Wehr Nature Center

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    Rustling leaves, shimmering seas of grass, a cool rush of water over rock, birds and waterfowl calling, a rainbow of wildflowers, a scamper of animal feet… all of these natural treasures and many more await you at the Wehr Nature Center…
  • NC Woodland Dunes Nature Center

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    Woodland Dunes is an oasis of marshland, swamps, sandy fields and meadows and wooded ridges between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
  • NF Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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    It is located within the Nicolet unit of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and is administered by the US Forest Service. The area protects four large, crystal-clear springs at the headwaters of Blackjack Creek, part of the Eagle River and Wisconsin River drainage.
  • NWR Fox River

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    Fox River National Wildlife Refuge is managed by staff at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, it encompasses 1,054 acres (4.27 km2) of wetland and upland habitat along the Fox River
  • NWR Gravel Island

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    Founded in 1913, the refuge consists of two Lake Michigan islands that act as nesting grounds for native bird species. The refuge is part of the Wisconsin Islands Wilderness Area, and as such it is off-limits to the public to preserve the habitat of the islands. It is inhabited by large colonies of shore birds and waterfowl in addition to hosting a pair of great black-backed gulls, one of farthest westward breeding sites of the species.
  • NWR Green Bay

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    Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in the state of Wisconsin. It includes three islands in Lake Michigan: Hog Island, Plum Island, and Pilot Island. The islands are near Washington Island off the tip of the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin.
  • NWR Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area

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    Over 32,000 acres in size, Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It has been recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, a Globally Important Bird Area, and a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
  • NWR Necedah

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    Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is located within the 7,800-square-mile (20,000 km2) Great Central Wisconsin Swamp, the largest wetland bog in the state. It includes extensive forest habitat (pine, oak, aspen) and large tracts of rare oak barrens habitat.
  • WS Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

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    The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a 600-acre municipal urban wildlife refuge. It is the largest park in the Green Bay, Wisconsin Park system and home to the second largest wildlife rehabilitation program in Wisconsin. Facilities include a nature education center, observation building, hiking trails, woodland building and numerous animal habitats.
Sightings, News & Forums
  • Birding Wisconsin

    Sightings & Discussion
    A place for Wisconsin birders to share recent Wisconsin related sightings, pictures, videos, favorite birding locations, etc.This group is open...
  • eBird - Wisconsin Rare Bird Alert

    The report below shows observations of rare birds in Wisconsin. Includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations.
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Badgerland Birding

    Tour Operator
    Wisconsin is a state that has a shocking amount of interesting birds to see. With two Great Lakes bordering the state, and many forests, prairies, and natural areas to explore, you’re sure to enjoy birding in the Badger State.
  • Horicon Marsh Boat Tours

    Facebook Page
    Come journey with us to the very heart of the marsh on our two hour narrated Birding Adventure. Both casual birdwatchers and experienced birders will enjoy seeking out the over 305 species of birds Horicon Marsh has to offer. Bring your bird book, binoculars and let’s go birding!
  • Horicon Marsh Tour Guides

    Your Tour Guides
Trip Reports
  • 2016 [10 occtober] - Petri Hottola

    PDF Report
    Horicon Marsh is a vast (130 km2) marshland area located in the Dodge and Fond du Lac counties of Wisconsin. It is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States of America. The northern two-thirds of the area is federal land and protected as the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). It is managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The southern section, on the other hand, is owned by the state of Wisconsin and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area (SWA).
  • 2021 [07 July] - Nick Bray

    Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho & Utah!
  • eBird

    Recent Trip Reports
Places to Stay
  • Courthouse Square B&B

    Guests frequently comment about the peace, quiet and natural beauty of the setting of this B&B. Fragrant flower and herb gardens, the multitude of birds and mischievous squirrels, can be enjoyed at the many benches placed throughout the gardens and on the shore of the small pastoral lake.
  • Honeybee Inn

    Birds are Coming Home Babies have arrived Bring Your Bikes Wild Goose Trail Enjoy the Blue Heron Boat Tours of the Marsh Tours
Other Links
  • CD - Bird Song Ear Training Guide - Who Cooks for Poor Sam Peabody?

    This Audio CD is designed for anyone who wants to improve their ability to recognize bird songs. It features the sounds of 189 different bird species found in the Midwest and Northeast States. Each bird song recording is followed by a short description of the sound along with a common mnemonic used to remember it. Many well-known song mnemonics such as Who cooks for you? for the Barred Owl and Poor Sam Peabody for the White-throated Sparrow are included. Following the song and mnemonic, the source of the sound is revealed. By naming the bird at the end of each track, the listener is allowed to wonder and guess at the nature of the sound. Active listening, similar to what one experiences in the field while searching for an unknown bird song, is a key to engaging the memory process
  • Great Wisconsin Birding Trail

    The Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail is your invitation to observe the fascinating and diverse world of wildlife that exists in every corner of the state. A series of five highway-based viewing guides, each highlighting a unique ecosystem of the state. Each guide links a set of waypoints, refuges and wild places that offer the best birding and wildlife-watching opportunities.
  • Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey

    The Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey is the longest running volunteer bird monitoring program in a U.S. national forest.
  • On The Feeder

    Website is dedicated to sharing the hobby of backyard birding with anyone who desires to bring nature up close. After all, our tagline is Backyard Birds Bring Nature Up Close.
  • Turtle Flambeau Flowage

    Whatever the time of year, the wilderness of the Flowage provides a breathtaking backdrop for some of the most captivating wildlife you could ever hope to see. Springtime brings the new young of the year out to cavort among the delicate green of budding birches. Fox kits tumble and play, otters slide gleefully down the river banks and spotted whitetail fawns wobble on spindly, under legs. Summer provides long, glorious days of bright yellow sunshine that glitters off the dancing waves while bluebirds soar over head, butterflies flutter about, and curious black bears poke about.
  • Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas

    The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas (WBBA); an on-going project administered by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, began in the spring of 1995 and data collection will continue for at least five years.
  • BIPOC Birding

    The BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin is a community of people of color who love the outdoors and the birds and beauty of natural Wisconsin and wish to connect with others who share the same passion.
  • Laura Erikson's For The Birds

    For the love, understanding, and protection of birds.
  • Mike McDowell - The Digiscoper

    Wisconsin Birding and Digiscoping…
  • SWBA Bird & Nature Blog

    A collection of bird and nature related stories, updates, and alerts to keep you in the loop with Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance (SoWBA, formerly called Madison Audubon), the birding community, and how you can get involved. Please review our Community Standards for Online Spaces here.

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