As the palette of fall foliage carpets the forest floor, the fall bird migration peaks during the first two weeks of November in Wisconsin. It’s a perfect time to get away to recharge your batteries before the hectic holiday season.
Register now to join internationally renown ornithologist Stan Temple for the annual Crane Congregations at the Aldo Leopold Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo, Wis. Openings are still available for two of the four dates, Oct. 19, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. and Nov. 8, 2013 from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thousands of sandhill cranes use the sandbars and islands in the Wisconsin River near Baraboo, part of the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area, for staging before they migrate. The river by the Center is an excellent place in the region to view this breathtaking congregation. Tickets are $10.00 for members and $20.00 for nonmembers. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.
One of the best ways to see migrating birds resting at the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA) is to drive Levee Road, which is Rustic Road 49, since much of the land in this IBA is privately owned. You’ll find excellent birding along 11 miles of Rustic Road 49 and some public land where you can explore. Bring your binoculars. As many as 40 migrating species have been surveyed here.
Bird the trails through our 40 acres and the adjacent Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area with the Ice Age Trail transecting it. Other nearby locations for birding are:
- 1,800-acre Riverland Consevancy-Merrimac Preserve with the Ice Age Trail transecting it and connecting it to:
- Devil’s Lake State Park
- Devil’s Lake Oak Forest and South Bluff/Devil’s Nose State Natural Areas, within the Park.
During October, and possibly early November, you can see turkey vultures gather by the hundreds to glide on the thermal updrafts between the 500-foot cliffs at Devil’s Lake State Park before migrating south. Check the blog at www.devilslakewisconsin.com, the Visitor’s Guide To Devil’s Lake State Park, and its Facebook page, for current updates on vulture activity.
Book a guest room today for a birding getaway; they are filling fast. Click on the Check Availability box at the top of this page or call us at 608-355-9899. Sometimes we have last-minute cancellations that may not be reflected on the reservations page, so call us if your desired date appears full.
Monitor fall color in Wisconsin using this map. Click northeast of Madison to see details for the Sauk County area.
Oct. 26: 5th Annual Art Discovery Day at the Aldo Leopold Center, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Annually the center invites local and regional artists to participate in this event to conclude its season. Enjoy presentations, demonstrations and interactions with artists that will inspire you to think about your connection to the natural world, admission is free. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org. This is the last day of the season for guided Shack tours.
Oct. 26: REO Speedwagon at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.