The first two weeks of November are peak bird migration and a great time to visit the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast nestled in the Baraboo Hills Important Bird Area, which has essential habitat that hosts more than 135 breeding bird species and is a key stopover area during migration.
Come see the oaks dressed in an array of rusts to burgundy while the forest floor is aglow with a carpet of leaves. After dark enjoy theatre and musical performances, or snuggle by our secluded prairie terrace campfire to watch four concurrent meteor showers, three with peaks Nov. 4-18, 2017.
Monitor the changing fall colors in the Baraboo Bluffs by visiting the Inn’s Live Web Cam at the bottom of our home page at www.bestviewinwisconsin.com.
November weather can be cloudy, damp and cool, but it also surprises us with bursts of warm, sunny days.
Invest in comfortable, quality gear so nothing impedes you from the stress-relieving benefits and joy of hitting the trail and soaking in crisp, fall air and solitude.
Dress in breathable, insulating layers. Carry a small backpack to stow layers when the sun’s peeking out, plus a thermos of tea or coffee, snacks, camera, binoculars and your birding notebook.
1. Our 42 acres of prairie and woods with three miles of groomed trails.
2. Adjacent to us Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area with access to the Ice Age Trail west to Devil’s Lake State Park.
3. Two miles from here the Riverland Conservancy Merrimac Preserve's 1,900 acres of forest, prairie, savanna, wetlands and streams laced with 12.7 miles of trails, including 3.2 miles of Ice Age Trail that connect to Devil’s Lake State Park.
4. Devil’s Lake State Park and the two State Natural Areas within it, Devil’s Lake Oak Forest and South Bluff/Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, are considered one of state’s top 10 birding sites by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. For the nature reports from the park visit its blog at www.devilslakewisconsin.com
5. The Fairfield Marsh U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Waterfowl Production Area along State Hwy 33 and the Baraboo River east of Baraboo. Observe 238 acres from the kiosk in the small parking area.
6. Crane congregation tours at the Aldo Leopold Center in late October and early November to see thousands of sandhill cranes staging on the Wisconsin River’s sandbars and islands along the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. Learn about here.
7. The Aldo Leopold Center’s 2.5-mile trail through 305 acres of oak savanna, wetlands and a dry prairie remnant overlooking the Wisconsin River, critical habitat for grassland birds and sandhill crane staging during migration, 20 minutes from the Inn.
8. Baxter’s Hollow State Natural Area, 30 minutes west of the Inn. An extensive tract of deep forest with a gorge cut through the Baraboo quartzite by Otter Creek, a mountain-like stream.
9. 40 minutes west of the Inn into the heart of Sauk County where the glaciated landscape meets the driftless is outstanding birding at Natural Bridge State Park and Natural Area, and Honey Creek, Pine Hollow and Hemlock Draw State Natural Areas (SNA). The Honey Creek SNA has hosted as many as 180 bird species, besides 500 native plants. The SNAs don’t have groomed trails, often a primitive footpath and more challenging hiking, but the habitat and discoveries make it worthwhile. Take a map of the SNA and a compass.
The best viewing opportunities are usually at dawn and dusk, and if you can sit in one spot quietly for a while.