Birding, Wildlife & Nature

Wisconsin’s connection to the land plays out poetically in pioneering naturalist Aldo Leopold’s 1949 book “A Sand County Almanac” which chronicled his vision of a land ethic and how caring for people cannot be separate from caring for the land. He wrote it from his home in Baraboo, Wisconsin, which you can still visit, now the Aldo Leopold Foundation, to learn how to be a better land steward in your own life.

Other Wisconsin conservation heroes who have come and gone before us include John Muir, an early advocate for national parks and a founder of the Sierra Club; Owen Gromme, the “dean of U.S. wildlife artists” who brought attention and action to important conservation issues through his paintings; Warren Knowles, the state’s 37th governor, who spent his entire life supporting conservation efforts; and Gaylord Nelson, former governor and U.S Senator who chaired the Wilderness Society and founded Earth Day. Today, there is George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, the only place in the world to see the complete collection of all 15 species of cranes.

Fascinating, diverse Wisconsin wildlife exists in every corner of the state. The Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail brochure series from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is a set of five highway-based viewing guides that offer the best birding and wildlife watching opportunities in the state.

A must for any birder is the Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States with nearly 270 species of waterfowl and a major fall stopping point for Canada geese.

Eagle watching in Sauk Prairie is spectacular, thanks to a section of the Wisconsin River that rarely freezes. Alma along the Mississippi River is known for the nesting ground for wintering bald eagles.

Don’t overlook urban birding, with the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee a stellar birding location thanks to its mix of woodland, grassland, wetlands and lakefront. Climb the 60-foot-high observation tower for a panoramic view.

The Important Bird Areas program in Wisconsin, administered by the National Audubon Society, is a good starting point to map out birding locations, with 88 locations around the state.

One more tip: Explore Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas, which protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin’s native landscapes and provide some of the last refuges for rare plants and animals. There are nearly 700 in all, giving you options spanning spring wildflowers to fall colors. Considering volunteering at these sites while you’re here too.

Bay Point Inn

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Bay Point Inn sits atop the Niagara Escarpment, a geological formation that runs from Wisconsin to Canada, forming the peninsula's majestic bluffs. Located just steps to an array of Door County Land Trust properties. All properties feature natural areas including forests and wetlands that are home to wildlife and rare plants and animals, undeveloped shoreline on the peninsula and islands, and scenic open space along highways and rural roads including old fields, meadows, farms and orchards that are the perfect grounds for birding or hiking.

Bay Point Inn sits atop the Niagara Escarpment, a geological formation that runs from Wisconsin to Canada, forming the peninsula's majestic bluffs. Located just steps to an array of Door County Land Trust properties. All properties feature natural areas including forests and wetlands that are home to wildlife and rare plants and animals, undeveloped shoreline on the peninsula and islands, and scenic open space along highways and rural roads including old fields, meadows, farms and orchards that are the perfect grounds for birding or hiking.

Westby House Inn

Westby, Wisconsin

Eagles soar over the Mississippi River from DeSoto Wisconsin to La Crosse Wisconsin along the Great River Road Byway. The Westby House Inn is only 23 minutes East of the River where you can encounter more birding and wildlife along the way.The biggest birding attraction is the fall migration stop of the Tundra Swans in late October/November. Tundra swans rest on Pools 4-11 during the fall migration, moving through just before ice forms on the river. More arrive daily, building up to their peak population during the month of November. By all means swing over to the overlooks along Hwy 26 just s...

Eagles soar over the Mississippi River from DeSoto Wisconsin to La Crosse Wisconsin along the Great River Road Byway. The Westby House Inn is only 23 minutes East of the River where you can encounter more birding and wildlife along the way.The biggest birding attraction is the fall migration stop of the Tundra Swans in late October/November. Tundra swans rest on Pools 4-11 during the fall migration, moving through just before ice forms on the river. More arrive daily, building up to their peak population during the month of November. By all means swing over to the overlooks along Hwy 26 just south of Brownsville, Minnesota, or south of Goose Island on the Wisconsin shore. Only a 30 to 45 minute drive from the inn.

Crystal River Inn Bed and Breakfast

Waupaca, Wisconsin

We are a certified wildlife habitat and have an inn "life list" of nearly 90 species. A great blue heron owns the bend in the river by us. We see an otter slide on the other side of the river in winter... a great place to bicycle right from our front door. With over 20 lakes and several rivers, this is a fabulous place to get away and experience nature.

We are a certified wildlife habitat and have an inn "life list" of nearly 90 species. A great blue heron owns the bend in the river by us. We see an otter slide on the other side of the river in winter... a great place to bicycle right from our front door. With over 20 lakes and several rivers, this is a fabulous place to get away and experience nature.

Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn

Belleville, Wisconsin

Cameo Rose guests say they see more varieties of birds on our property and at our bird feeders than on professional tours and anywhere else they have been. Cameo Rose is for the birds and bird lovers.

Cameo Rose guests say they see more varieties of birds on our property and at our bird feeders than on professional tours and anywhere else they have been. Cameo Rose is for the birds and bird lovers.

Justin Trails Resort

Sparta, Wisconsin

Minutes from Justin Trails Resort is the first Rails to Trails Project in America, The Grandaddy of them all, The Elroy Sparta Trail. The trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along it's 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. The trail is 32.5 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The three century-old railroad t...

Minutes from Justin Trails Resort is the first Rails to Trails Project in America, The Grandaddy of them all, The Elroy Sparta Trail. The trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along it's 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. The trail is 32.5 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The three century-old railroad tunnels hightlight the trail. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long. The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail. Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels. The Trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is one of 4 trails called Bike 4 Trails. There are 101 miles of connected Wisconsin biking splendor on the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the "400" State Trail.

Ye Olde Manor House

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

We have several different types of birds on our property including bluebirds, hummingbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers,and yellow finches

We have several different types of birds on our property including bluebirds, hummingbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers,and yellow finches

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

Appleton, Wisconsin

Several local parks and venues are excellent for birde watching, viewing wildlife and enjoyinging nature. Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Appleton is central to these areas in the Fox Cities:

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha
1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton
High Cliff State Park located on the shores of Lake Winnebago

Several local parks and venues are excellent for birde watching, viewing wildlife and enjoyinging nature. Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Appleton is central to these areas in the Fox Cities:

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha
1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton
High Cliff State Park located on the shores of Lake Winnebago

Bowman's Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

We have sighted well over 50 different birds on our property over the time we have lived here. There are a variety of feeders and houses to encourage them to stay a while.

We have sighted well over 50 different birds on our property over the time we have lived here. There are a variety of feeders and houses to encourage them to stay a while.

Parkview Bed and Breakfast

Reedsburg, Wisconsin

The International Crane Foundation between WI Dells and Baraboo is about 12 miles from Parkview B&B. One can see all 15 species of cranes there. A new African crane exhibit opening in 2009. Eagles can often be seen along the Wisconsin River in the Sauk

The International Crane Foundation between WI Dells and Baraboo is about 12 miles from Parkview B&B. One can see all 15 species of cranes there. A new African crane exhibit opening in 2009. Eagles can often be seen along the Wisconsin River in the Sauk

Cobblestone Bed and Breakfast

Birchwood, Wisconsin

We feed and water the birds here no shortage of birds here at Cobblestone. Blue Hills Supper Club is famous for Hummingbirds. They claim to get the first each year. In the opposite direction is Hunt Hill Consevatory coming in a close second.

We feed and water the birds here no shortage of birds here at Cobblestone. Blue Hills Supper Club is famous for Hummingbirds. They claim to get the first each year. In the opposite direction is Hunt Hill Consevatory coming in a close second.

Stewart Inn

Wausau, Wisconsin

One of the best bir watching spots in the state is the George W. Mead & MacMillan Marsh Wildlife Area.  It is an easy 20 minute drive from the Stewart Inn.

One of the best bir watching spots in the state is the George W. Mead & MacMillan Marsh Wildlife Area.  It is an easy 20 minute drive from the Stewart Inn.

Artha Sustainable Living Center

Amherst, Wisconsin

Enjoy a serene retreat in this eco-conscious renovated farmhouse on 90-acres of woods, fields and organic gardens. Sustainably operated: organic linens, solar power and heat, experience this renewable energy oasis! Hands-on workshops and retreats in solar water heating, gardening, yoga, and more.

Enjoy a serene retreat in this eco-conscious renovated farmhouse on 90-acres of woods, fields and organic gardens. Sustainably operated: organic linens, solar power and heat, experience this renewable energy oasis! Hands-on workshops and retreats in solar water heating, gardening, yoga, and more.

Canyon Road Inn

Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

Excellent birding opportunities abound not only on property and in the area but we are on the Mississippi Fly-Way.

Excellent birding opportunities abound not only on property and in the area but we are on the Mississippi Fly-Way.

Apple Tree Lane Bed and Breakfast

Waupaca, Wisconsin

Some of the best bird watching is right here! When you are done birding on our 7+acres & river frontage, nearby Hartman Creek State Park & Emmons Creek Fishery Area has over 2800 acres for birders to enjoy, including the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The mix of habitats including pine and hardwood forests, oak savannas, marshes, lakes and upland meadows,attracts lots of birds; the bird list has an impressive 253 species. Some of the signature species include, Scarlet Tanager, Least Flycatcher,

Some of the best bird watching is right here! When you are done birding on our 7+acres & river frontage, nearby Hartman Creek State Park & Emmons Creek Fishery Area has over 2800 acres for birders to enjoy, including the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The mix of habitats including pine and hardwood forests, oak savannas, marshes, lakes and upland meadows,attracts lots of birds; the bird list has an impressive 253 species. Some of the signature species include, Scarlet Tanager, Least Flycatcher,

Honeybee Inn Bed and Breakfast

Horicon, Wisconsin

We are located at the edge of the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Area. Horicon Marsh, the largest fresh-water cattail marsh in the US, is a world renowned birding area with over 33,000 acres. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as one of only 22 'Wetlands of International Importance' in the United States and is both a globally and state important Bird Area and a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve. Over 300 species of birds have been observed here, making it one of the premier bir...

We are located at the edge of the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Area. Horicon Marsh, the largest fresh-water cattail marsh in the US, is a world renowned birding area with over 33,000 acres. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as one of only 22 'Wetlands of International Importance' in the United States and is both a globally and state important Bird Area and a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve. Over 300 species of birds have been observed here, making it one of the premier birding areas in the entire United States. The interior of Horicon Marsh is home to a wide variety of marsh birds, from ducks and geese to giant white pelicans, herons, egrets and cormorants. However, the scattered woodlands also provide home to a great array of songbirds that can be found during migration times as well as all summer. Take a pontoon boat tour or rent a canoe or kayak nearby.

Black Walnut Guest House

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

The same pristine natural features that draw millions of visitors to Door County each year attract multitudes of birds as well. Numerous preserved and protected landscapes along with serene natural habitats and 300 miles of varied shoreline, create a unique environment for our fellow avian friends.A total of 19 county parks, two nature sanctuaries, and 13 protected areas of the Door County Land Trust provide birding enthusiasts with ample opportunities to observe and study year-round.Come see what has locals, visitors, and birds of all feathers flocking to the scenic shores and breathtaking la...

The same pristine natural features that draw millions of visitors to Door County each year attract multitudes of birds as well. Numerous preserved and protected landscapes along with serene natural habitats and 300 miles of varied shoreline, create a unique environment for our fellow avian friends.A total of 19 county parks, two nature sanctuaries, and 13 protected areas of the Door County Land Trust provide birding enthusiasts with ample opportunities to observe and study year-round.Come see what has locals, visitors, and birds of all feathers flocking to the scenic shores and breathtaking landscapes of Door County. From novice to expert, birders and nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Lace-up your hiking shoes and let your curiosity take flight for a birding experience like nowhere else.http://doorcounty.com/silentsports/birding/

At The Lake House

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

While At The Lake House you will be treated by morning views of Blue Haring's and Sandhill Crain's and occasionally our visiting Eagle typically in late fall. International Migratory Bird DayThe Park Board plans to celebrate IMBD by working with Lakeland Audubon to hold several bird watching events during the day. The sites to be utilized will be Four Seasons Nature Area, which is a city park, and the Duck Walk, which is a nature trail along the south shore of Lake Como. Both have many bird species visiting or inhabiting the area. There may be more components added as planning occurs over the ...

While At The Lake House you will be treated by morning views of Blue Haring's and Sandhill Crain's and occasionally our visiting Eagle typically in late fall. International Migratory Bird DayThe Park Board plans to celebrate IMBD by working with Lakeland Audubon to hold several bird watching events during the day. The sites to be utilized will be Four Seasons Nature Area, which is a city park, and the Duck Walk, which is a nature trail along the south shore of Lake Como. Both have many bird species visiting or inhabiting the area. There may be more components added as planning occurs over the winter.For more information go to:http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/birdcities/LakeGeneva.htm

Grapevine Log Cabins

Sparta, Wisconsin

We have walking trail and feeders by the breakfast room that guests like to watch the birds while eating breakfast. We have several kinds of woodpeckers, Blue Birds, Red Cardinals, Orials, Gross Beaks, House Wrens, Nut hatches, Humming Birds, Finches, Titmouse, Blue Jays, Morning Doves to name a few.

We have walking trail and feeders by the breakfast room that guests like to watch the birds while eating breakfast. We have several kinds of woodpeckers, Blue Birds, Red Cardinals, Orials, Gross Beaks, House Wrens, Nut hatches, Humming Birds, Finches, Titmouse, Blue Jays, Morning Doves to name a few.

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast

West Bend, Wisconsin

Explore over three miles of gravel roads by foot or rent a golf cart. A must-see when traveling to the area, this zoo is right across the street from Hidden Serenity. You will experience herds of bison, deer, elk, wild sheep, wolves, cougar, the famous bears and much more, all in natural environments.  We are just a 1-minute drive away.

Explore over three miles of gravel roads by foot or rent a golf cart. A must-see when traveling to the area, this zoo is right across the street from Hidden Serenity. You will experience herds of bison, deer, elk, wild sheep, wolves, cougar, the famous bears and much more, all in natural environments.  We are just a 1-minute drive away.

Sweet Autumn Inn

Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Zeloski Marsh, Faville Grove and Rose Lake Sanctuary are just a few destinations for birding that are located within 5 miles of Sweet Autumn Inn.

Zeloski Marsh, Faville Grove and Rose Lake Sanctuary are just a few destinations for birding that are located within 5 miles of Sweet Autumn Inn.

Pedal'rs Inn

Wales, Wisconsin

There are many schedule bird hikes in the Kettle Moraine/Lake Country Area:- Sunday mornings beginning April 25-May 23 at 7:00 a.m. Lapham Peak State Park hosts hikes lead by bird enthusiast Mike Fort-Retzer Nature Center starting mid-April-early June holds hikes lead by naturalist Larry Kascht.-"Birding by ear" is always available on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. For more details on the area birding visit the Ben Goss Bird Club www.gossbirdclub.org.

There are many schedule bird hikes in the Kettle Moraine/Lake Country Area:- Sunday mornings beginning April 25-May 23 at 7:00 a.m. Lapham Peak State Park hosts hikes lead by bird enthusiast Mike Fort-Retzer Nature Center starting mid-April-early June holds hikes lead by naturalist Larry Kascht.-"Birding by ear" is always available on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. For more details on the area birding visit the Ben Goss Bird Club www.gossbirdclub.org.

Washington House Inn

Cedarburg, Wisconsin

The Washington House Inn Bed & Breakfast is located just 2 blocks from Southeastern Wisconsin's premier trail, the Ozaukee Interurban Trail and it is certainly true that Ozaukee County is for the birds. Our geographic location and divergent land uses create a great environment for bird watching. Some of the best birding in Wisconsin, throughout the year, is done at key locations in the County. During migration, the Lake Michigan shoreline guides numerous species of ducks, geese, gulls, hawks,

The Washington House Inn Bed & Breakfast is located just 2 blocks from Southeastern Wisconsin's premier trail, the Ozaukee Interurban Trail and it is certainly true that Ozaukee County is for the birds. Our geographic location and divergent land uses create a great environment for bird watching. Some of the best birding in Wisconsin, throughout the year, is done at key locations in the County. During migration, the Lake Michigan shoreline guides numerous species of ducks, geese, gulls, hawks,

Silver Star B&B Inn

Spring Green, Wisconsin

It's a short drive to Bakkens Pond, where many types of waterfowl live, and eagles are often seen along the Wisconsin River.  Dozens of varieties of birds visit our feeders year round, including more hummingbirds than you've ever seen in one place.  You don't even have to leave the comfort of our shaded front porch!  You may also spy raccoons, possum, chipmunks, squirrels and deer as you walk along the paths that surround the 20 acre property.  

It's a short drive to Bakkens Pond, where many types of waterfowl live, and eagles are often seen along the Wisconsin River.  Dozens of varieties of birds visit our feeders year round, including more hummingbirds than you've ever seen in one place.  You don't even have to leave the comfort of our shaded front porch!  You may also spy raccoons, possum, chipmunks, squirrels and deer as you walk along the paths that surround the 20 acre property.  

Inn at Wawanissee Point

Baraboo, Wisconsin

We're located atop the Baraboo Range in Sauk County, an ancient rock outcrop blanketed by the largest block of mostly unfragmented deciduous forest remaining in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The Baraboo Hills span 25 miles, providing habitat for 135 breeding bird species. Our 42-acre estate has several miles of wooded and prairie trails for birding and adjoins the Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area where you'll find the state-threatened Cerulean warbler and Acadian flycatcher. Hike seven state natural areas, three state parks, including Devil's Lake State Park, and several preserves a stone'...

We're located atop the Baraboo Range in Sauk County, an ancient rock outcrop blanketed by the largest block of mostly unfragmented deciduous forest remaining in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The Baraboo Hills span 25 miles, providing habitat for 135 breeding bird species. Our 42-acre estate has several miles of wooded and prairie trails for birding and adjoins the Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area where you'll find the state-threatened Cerulean warbler and Acadian flycatcher. Hike seven state natural areas, three state parks, including Devil's Lake State Park, and several preserves a stone's throw to 30 minutes away to find birds like the wood thrush; scarlet tanager; red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos; wood pewee; crested flycatcher; redstarts; Cerulean, hooded and Kentucky warblers; veery; hermit thrush; bald eagles (winter here); turkey vultures; blue herons (a rookery at Devil's Lake) and many others. Sandhill cranes nest in the marsh across the road from us. Bird from your car by driving past several of the 26 state natural areas in Sauk County and from rustic roads Orchard, Schara and Ruff in the heart of the wooded hills, and Levee Road along the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area along the Wisconsin River, 11 miles northeast of us. The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is 20 minutes from here. We're in the southern savanna region of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail; www.wisconsinbirds.org/trail has more details. We provide directions, and have binoculars, a spotting scope and field guides at the Inn.

Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Hamilton House is nestled in the South East corner of Wisconsin, a short five minute drive to the Kettle Moraine State forest. Hamilton House has several local birding books and binoculars for your use as well as a Wisconsin Birds log book for you to track your sightings. Bring your log book back through out the year to see the change in migration routes.

Hamilton House is nestled in the South East corner of Wisconsin, a short five minute drive to the Kettle Moraine State forest. Hamilton House has several local birding books and binoculars for your use as well as a Wisconsin Birds log book for you to track your sightings. Bring your log book back through out the year to see the change in migration routes.

Eagle Centre House Bed and Breakfast

Eagle, Wisconsin

Eagle Centre House B & B is in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest, perfect for bird watching. We are located 3-miles from the Forest Headquarters building and are situated on 20-acres, most of which is in conservancy.

Eagle Centre House B & B is in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest, perfect for bird watching. We are located 3-miles from the Forest Headquarters building and are situated on 20-acres, most of which is in conservancy.

Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast

Manawa, Wisconsin

Hartman Creek State Park & Emmons Creek Fishery Area are 2 properties that are popular destinations to canoeists, kayakers, hikers and birders alike. It is located west of Waupaca off of Hwy 54. These 2 areas offer 2,800 acres to explore including parts of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It offers a mix of habitats including pine and hardwood forests, oak savannas, old field, marshes, lakes and upland meadows. This type of variety attracts lots of birds, upwards of 253 species. Volunteer natu

Hartman Creek State Park & Emmons Creek Fishery Area are 2 properties that are popular destinations to canoeists, kayakers, hikers and birders alike. It is located west of Waupaca off of Hwy 54. These 2 areas offer 2,800 acres to explore including parts of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It offers a mix of habitats including pine and hardwood forests, oak savannas, old field, marshes, lakes and upland meadows. This type of variety attracts lots of birds, upwards of 253 species. Volunteer natu

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