Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

Price: Depending on activity

Horicon Marsh Bird Club invites birders of all skill levels – as well as anyone who enjoys the great outdoors – to the 22nd annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (May 9th-13th, 2019). This 4.5-day festival provides family-friendly activities and educational experiences designed to showcase Horicon Marsh’s role as an important habitat for birds and wildlife.

Partners include Friends Of Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours, Horicon, WI, Marsh Haven Nature Center, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

Highlights of this year’s Bird Festival include a keynote speech from Karla Bloem, director of the International Owl Center in Houston, MN; ‘Live Birds of Prey’,a program that introduces some of Wisconsin’s raptors through a photo presentation, mounted specimens, and LIVE birds; and ‘Mom and Me, Dissecting Together’, a new event where we’ll discover what local owls are eating through hands-on pellet dissection (a truly unique way to spend some time with mom on Mother’s Day). See our schedule of events for more information about bus and boat tours, bird hikes, kids programs, night hikes and more! Some require fee and pre-registration. http://horiconmarshbirdclub.com/bird-festival/festival-event-schedule/
The birds will be here, will you?

Horicon Marsh
This vast wetland is both a State Wildlife Area and a National Wildlife Refuge. Originally established as habitat for migrating and nesting ducks, it has since become a stopover for Canada Geese.

Today, Horicon Marsh is increasingly recognized and managed as a wetland ecosystem for all of its plants and animals. Horicon Marsh has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention and a Global Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. No group of wildlife better represents the vitality of this marsh better than its birds. Over the years, a total of 306 species of birds have been sighted on this marsh.