Birding Destinations in the Driftless Region
If there’s one thing visitors to the Driftless Region love more than anything else, it’s the beautiful outdoors. This unique region of southwest Wisconsin is a birding paradise, thanks largely to the characteristic bluffs and valleys, the dense thickets of trees covering the hills, and the many rivers that wind along our valley floors. Wisconsin alone is home to more than 300 species of birds. The Driftless Region is located along a portion of the Mississippi Flyway, which is used by over 40% of America’s migrating birds each year. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, book your room at our Vacation Rental today, and spend some time birding in the beautiful Driftless Region.
Driftless Region’s Top Birding Destinations
If you missed the outdoors over the winter, spring is a great time to get back outside and enjoy the refreshing world awaiting you in the Driftless Region. In recent years, birding has become a popular way to enjoy the outdoors, which can be contributed to the state’s commitment to the natural environment. Wisconsin boasts an extensive network of wetlands, millions of acres of wild places and parks to enjoy, and a diverse array of natural habitats to explore. Head into one of the many popular birdwatching locations around the Driftless Region this spring, and you’ll likely see a great variety of birds and other wildlife. Commonly sighted birds include bald eagles, a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl, redtail hawks, Eastern bluebirds, indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, goldfinches, and ruby-throated hummingbirds, but birding enthusiasts love this area for their opportunity to see the over 30 species of warblers as well.
If you’re new to birding, a great place to begin your adventure is the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail, which offers visitors full-color viewing guides, complete with maps and descriptions of the birds you’re likely to find. Along this trail, you’ll find many of our favorite bird-watching destinations, including Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, where many interesting and hard to find species of birds can be found, as well as Wyalusing State Park, which is one of the best places along the Mississippi River for birding. Visitors to the Driftless Region can also enjoy a stunning drive filled with beautiful waterscapes and bluff-top views along the Great River Road, which serves as a great connector to some of the premier birding destinations in the world like the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge. Don’t miss out on these great birding opportunities this spring. Book your vacation to the Driftless Region today.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI