Birding Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers a wealth of wild things bearing feathers, boasting a bird list with 422 species. Roughly half take up residence, showing up on Breeding Bird Surveys conducted in the state. Because Wisconsin is uniquely bordered by two major waterways—the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes—others pass through on their way to and from their breeding grounds. And, because three vegetational zones (southeastern deciduous forests, northern coniferous forests, and dry grasslands) converge in Wisconsin, we often see species more common to the North, South, and West.

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  • Wisconsin Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Wisconsin Birding Hotspots

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Wisconsin Point, Driftwood and Lighthouse by Randen Peterson / Wikimedia

Ten Bird Watching Spots in Wisconsin

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Wisconsin. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of Wisconsin

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10 Highlight Birds of Wisconsin

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Wisconsin exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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