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Horicon Marsh, Wisconsin

The Horicon Marsh is located in southeast Wisconsin, and is a vast, freshwater wetland that is home to huge flocks of migrating Canada geese as well as to 290 kinds of birds.

Over 32000 acres comprise the marsh, with the southernmost third managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the remainder of the refuge handled by the USFWS.

Waterfowl are abundant, with other birds found as well. Look for grebes, ducks, teals, ibises, brants, golden eagles, wigeons, and tufted titmouse.

Consider contacting the Horicon Marsh Bird Club to see what monthly activities, field trips, and surveys are on the go. The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival is held in May during the spring bird migration, thanks to the efforts of this Bird Club, and newsletters are released monthly.

The Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh throughout the United States, making it a lush home to many endangered species and thousands of migrating ducks and geese. It is recognized as both a Global and State Important Bird Area, and is also a Wetland of International Importance. Finally, the marsh is a part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. See the Horicon Marsh website for more information.

The state bird of Wisconsin is the American Robin and you can find a birding checklist for Wisconsin here.

Photo credit to wonder_al, used with permission under the creative commons license.

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