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Birding in Port Wing
***Port Wing has recently completed the required steps and has been named a
Bird City by the Bird City Wisconsin organization!***
The location of Port Wing along Lake Superior makes it an ideal spot for birdwatching. Whether the birds are seasonal “residents” or just stopping by while migrating north or south, watching the birds is a great source of entertainment for people in the Port Wing area.
The Port Wing Boreal Forest SNA (State Natural Area) located along Lake Superior is a great birding spot. Walk through the forest along Big Pete Road in the eastern section of the Boreal Forest or near the shore on Quarry Beach in the western section to see a wide variety of birds.
The Port Wing Area Business Association is currently applying for Port Wing to be designated as a Bird City as part of the Bird City Wisconsin project.
Birdwatching Sites of Interest
- Laura Erickson’s Birding Blog – Laura is an author, blogger and radio host, all on the topic of birds. We feel a special connection with her because of her family connections to Port Wing. Listening to her talk about birds inspires us to do what we can to attract and care for the birds passing through Port Wing. More information on Laura Erickson’s website.
- Sibley Guides – Blog by David Sibley
- International Migratory Bird Day – Usually held the second Saturday in May or whenever a community decides to celebrate it. This year the Port Wing Township Board has named July 18, 2015, as the International Migratory Bird Day for Port Wing. The 2015 Theme is “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds.”
- Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail – Lake Superior Northwoods Region
- Nearby birding areas from Wisconsin Birding Hotspots: Chequamegon National Forest, Apostle Island National Shoreline
Supporting Birds Through Social Activism
Boreal Birds Need Half: Support North America’s Bird Nursery – Petition site urging support of keeping North American boreal forest areas protected and free from industrial disturbance.
Keeping Birds Healthy
Avoiding window collisions:
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds: How to avoid window collisions
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Bird Notes – Making your windows safe for birds
- Earth Easy – 9 Ways to Help Birds Avoid Window collisons
Bird Counts – Contribute to science and conservation
- Great Backyard Bird Count
- eBird: Global tools for birders, critical data for science
- Record the birds you see
- Keep track of your bird lists
- Explore dynamic maps and graphs
- Share your sightings and join the eBird community
- Wisconsin Society of Ornithology Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II recording birds encountered in state natural areas (SNA)
- Register as a new user
- Read tutorials for submitting incidental observations
- Read tutorials for submitting complete checklists of all birds observed http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/atlas-data-entry-201-complete-checklists/
Creating and Enhancing Backyard Habitat for Birds