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Lake Michigan Birding

  • Carpool from Dutch Mill Park & Ride 46 Collins Court Madison, WI, 53716 United States (map)

Remember to turn back your clocks for Daylight Savings! We will leave at 6:30 a.m. (or what used to be known as 7:30 a.m.)

Join us as we bird Lake Michigan and its shoreline during the migration of waterfowl through Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties. We will be scoping the lake for surf, black, and white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, harlequin duck, and red-throated loon. Rarities found on this trip over the years include pacific loon, western grebe, purple sandpiper, red phalarope, parasitic jaeger, Bohemian waxwing, Townsend’s warbler, prairie warbler, Nelson’s sparrow, and both crossbills.  Dress for the weather and bring a scope if you have one. A high ratio of scopes to people will make this trip more enjoyable for everyone!

*We will return to Madison between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

If you live east of Madison and want to join the group in Milwaukee or along the way, please contact Peter Fissel (contact info below).

RAIN DATE: Saturday, November 9


  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs



FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260,

Header photo by USFWS Midwest

Earlier Event: October 26
Scopes on Goose Pond
Later Event: December 7
Birding Madison's Lakes