Bailey’s Harbor Area includes Mud Lake State Natural Area, Ridges Sanctuary, and Toft Point. This area has highly diverse upland habitats, shorelines, wetlands, shallow bays of Lake Michigan with cobblestone beaches. Look for songbirds and waterfowl.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has ponds, flooded fields in spring, forest, and shrubby woodlands that make great stopover sites. Great place for all birds, especially songbirds and shorebirds.
Point Beach State Forest has intact old beach ridges and swales with hardwoods, swamp areas, and Lake Michigan shoreline. All types of migratory birds may be observed, especially songbirds and shorebirds.
Harrington Beach State Park consists of Great Lakes open beaches, forested uplands, and a large inland lake surrounded by limestone ledges with white cedars. Songbirds are abundant in some years and diving ducks may be seen just off the shore.
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve has a variety of wooded habitats including oak savanna, upland and lowland shrubs, mature hardwoods, open-grown conifers with some grassland and wetland areas. Songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds may be observed.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center contains a diversity of habitats including wooded bluff, wooded ravine, restored prairie, ponds, Great Lakes beach, and an old field. Look for songbirds and waterbirds.
Wind Point is a small parcel of land that juts out into the lake with a wooded ravine extending back from the lake. Visit to see all types of birds, especially waterbirds and songbirds.
Lake Superior Basin
St. Louis River Estuary has many high quality habitats including extensive emergent marsh, shrub swamp, wet meadow, and coniferous forests composed of boreal-associated species. Thousands of waterbirds, waterfowl, and songbirds plus hundreds of roosting Turkey Vultures may be found here.
Wisconsin Point is a long, coastal barrier sand spit including several miles of open sand beach and dunes, small interdunal wetlands, and a white and red pine forest. Heavy concentrations of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds may be observed.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of islands in Lake Superior with diverse habitats including unfragmented forests, boreal forest, wetlands, upland shrubs, old growth forest, and sandscapes. Great place to find all migratory birds, especially songbirds and raptors.
Lower Chequamegon Bay includes Whittlesley Creek National Wildlife Refuge and the South Shore State Fish and Wildlife Area. Lake Superior Coastal wetlands, sedge meadow, hardwood swamp, black spruce swamp, springs and creeks as well as sand beach, sandbar, and open water characterize this site. Look for shorebirds, waterfowl, waterbirds; also thousands of raptors migrate through in spring.