The state of Wisconsin has many hidden treasures. You can learn about go-to attractions, events and destinations by watching Discover Wisconsin – the nation’s longest running tourism television program shown in 8 states – or you can simply read their blog, The Bobber. The Bobber recently highlighted 5 ‘birding’ hot spots in Wisconsin – I want to tell you about the 6th spot.
Horicon Marsh is a national refuge and state wildlife area located within an hour drive of Neenah, Madison and Milwaukee. It’s the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States – and at this time of year, it is home to hundreds of sandhill cranes and more than two hundred thousand Canada Geese and various species of ducks as they pass through the area to migrate south.
In the fall, beginning at sunrise, watching the cranes and geese rise into the morning air is simply one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on Earth. If you miss sunrise, don’t worry. The birds lift back to the sky and return to the marsh in the early evening. Their voice can be heard for miles – it is magnificent to watch.
No need to make an appointment for this spectacular show. If you want to visit the Education Center, it’s open between 10:00-4:00, 7 days/week. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop. It’s there you’ll find Sunset Hill Stoneware pieces – the perfect way to remind you of home and wildlife.
Keeping Watch. Pat