Buena Vista Park
If you visit this park on a clear day in the spring or fall, you won’t be disappointed. Located 500-feet above the village of Alma, it’s a small park with a big view of the Mississippi River for several miles to the north and south. Equally impressive are the number of birds that you can see in this small area. The raptor migration along this area of the river is spectacular; in the spring you can see Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons and Broad-winged Hawks, and in the fall add American Kestrels and Cooper Hawks to your list. The woody area around the parking lot harbors lots of songbirds including Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Great-crested Flycatchers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
Directions: In Alma, turn east off Hwy 35 onto Cty E to the park.
Gazetteer: Page 48, B-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 64, B-4 (10th edition).
Signature Species: Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Paved parking lot.
Nearest food & lodging: Alma.