Spring Bird Walks in honor of World Migratory Bird Day

May 1, 2023

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

N5727 County Road Z,
Onalaska, 54650

Event Website

(608) 779-2391

Spring Bird Walks in honor of World Migratory Bird Day

From mid-April to mid-May, thousands of brightly colored songbirds and shorebirds stopover on the refuge. Some nest here along the river, marshlands and prairie, while others migrate even further north, staying just for a week or two.

In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, join refuge staff and partners on a bird identification walk through the floodplain forest as we look and listen for birds! We’ll walk less than one mile during these FREE, informal programs open to birders of all experience levels. We often find many birds close by and our walk will likely be more of a bird “crawl”!

Registration is required and participation is limited; contact Ranger Katie at 608-779-2391 to sign-up. Please let us know if you’d like to borrow a pair of binoculars.

Where: Lytles Landing Canoe Access, Lytle Road, Onalaska, WI 54650. Please park at the Brice Prairie Conservation Association Clubhouse on Lytle Road – we’ll meet you there!

When: Monday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *OR*

Thursday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Bird walks take place rain or shine but may be cancelled if there’s a high probability of thunderstorms. We will be watching water conditions on the Black River and will plan to relocate if we have safety concerns due to high water. We’ll be walking along the Great River State Trail along a mostly flat surface of gravel or wooden boardwalk.

World Migratory Bird Day events take place across our community and across the world to raise awareness for the need to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. This year’s theme is “water: sustaining bird life.” Learn more on our national website: https://www.fws.gov/story/2023-04/world-migratory-bird-day-2023.

Photo: Yellow rumped warbler with butter butt by Nate Rathbun