Sandhill Cranes. Photo by Duane McDowell

Wisconsin Bird Watching

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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