Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Doctor’s Park
The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a privately funded, nonprofit nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and land stewardship. Doctor’s Park is the adjacent county-owned property. Together they offer 234 acres of land along Lake Michigan, and a bird species list of 252. Schlitz is the former “Nine Mile Farm.” Owned by the Uihlein family, it was nine miles from the Schlitz Brewery. The lake draws big numbers of waterfowl that you can see from the bluff-tops. The property offers an observation tower and 6 miles of hiking trails. Doctor’s Park has lakeshore, maple-beech woods, and bluffs that shelter Red-throated Loons, Caspian Terns and Long-tailed ducks.
Directions: Exit I-43 at Brown Deer Road. Travel east one mile to entrance at 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.
Gazetteer: Page 39, 6-C (prior to 10th edition). | Page 88, D-4 (10th edition).
Phone: 414/228-0314 (Schlitz Audubon) or 414/257-7275 (Milwaukee County Parks).
Web site: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Signature species: Large concentrations of ducks in winter; spring and fall migration route for warblers.
Rare species: Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red Phalarope, Purple Sandpiper, and Northern Mockingbird.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lot.
Nearest food & lodging: Brown Deer and Milwaukee.
Fees: Free to National Audubon Members, non-member fee.