Located along the Wisconsin River and blessed with woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands, the Wisconsin Rapids area is one of the nation’s top birding hot spots. Wisconsin Rapids is located in an ecological landscape known as the Central Sand Plains. This vast, sandy plain was once Glacial Lake Wisconsin, a large body of water formed by glacial runoff which once covered 1,800 square miles. There are 437 species of birds known to inhabit Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Rapids area offers opportunities for birders to see up to 200 bird species. The top birds in the Wisconsin Rapids area are; Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swan, Whopping Crane, Acadian Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, Greater Prairie Chicken, Henslow’s Sparrow, Osprey and the Red-Shouldered Hawk.

For more information on birds and birding in Wisconsin visit:

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology 
Bird City Wisconsin 
Great Wisconsin Birding  & Nature Trail 

George W. Mead Wildlife Area

S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, WI 54454
(715) 457-6771 | Website | Facebook

Largest wildlife area in the state of Wisconsin with 33,000 acres of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Property located is in the 3 counties of Marathon, Wood, and Portage. Hunt waterfowl, deer, bear, turkey and small game. Trapping is also permitted. Excellent birdwatching with over 267 species documented. 35 miles of trails for hiking, including new walking trails around the “Green Design” building and a seasonal 7 mile bike trail.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

N11385 Headquarter Road, Necedah, WI 54646
(608) 565-2551Website | Facebook

Hike, hunt, fish, view wildlife, take pictures, or join a naturalist led program! Explore almost 44,000 acres of wildlife habitat at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge! The Visitor Center and Karner Korner store are located off of Highway 21, west of Necedah. Year-round fun for all ages!

Sandhill Wildlife Area

1715 County Road X, Babcock, WI 54413
(715) 884-2437 | Website | Facebook

Sandhill Wildlife Area is comprised of over 9,000 acres and lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin. Offering a living laboratory for university researchers, and an outdoor classroom for school children. The Outdoor Skills Center is the base for 15 weekend workshops open to the public annually, including; Outdoor Cooking, Trapping, and Flint Knapping, while the 26 year old “Learn to Hunt Deer” program offers a traditional hunting experience to youth and new hunters alike. April through October, enjoy the Trumpeter Trail, a 14 mile self-guided auto tour that attracts thousands of bird watchers and nature lovers to the property. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information on area wildlife, habitat management, and unique features. Get out and climb one of three observation towers, located throughout the area to catch an aerial view of the wildlife and habitat in its undisturbed form. The auto trail closes in October, but that’s when the real magic begins. Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and discover Sandhill’s winter secrets.