It’s spring! The snow and ice are finally gone, and it’s time to get outdoors and get some fresh air. It’s that time of the year when birders grab their binoculars and scopes and head to their favorite wild areas to watch birds. Although it’s too early for some of the migrant songbirds that fill our woods and grasslands with song, it’s a good time to travel to wild areas that have open water to view migratory waterfowl, cranes, swans and other aquatic species of wildlife.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a true gem of a birding destination, especially this time of year. Located in the middle of the Ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin, this 44,000 federal property offers a variety of open shallow pools that harbor an abundance of water birds.
Enjoy a short stroll through the marsh and along a pool on an accessible boardwalk at the Visitor Center or take one of the trails into the Refuge to enjoy panoramic views of other impoundments.
You’ll find geese, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and many species of diving and dabbling ducks. If you’re patient and observant, there’s a good chance you’ll spot one or several whooping cranes that have been reintroduced at the Refuge that return every spring to nest.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful birding destination in spring. More information here.