Tips for Viewing Birds and Wildlife

When you’re in the Wisconsin Rapids area, you are surrounded by some of the best birdwatching and wildlife viewing in the Midwest. Get the most out of your time spent in this nature lover’s paradise by following the wildlife viewing tips below.

  • Leave pets at home.
  • A good birding field guide or manual is extremely useful in helping to identify or recognize birds. Excellent field guides are available at most large bookstores.
  • Birding is usually better away from roadsides. Explore areas away from your vehicle to better see and hear birds.
  • Go with a group! Check the Calendar of Events for workshops, annual counts, and other birding opportunities.
  • Obtain permission before entering private land.
  • Dress comfortably for the season. Sunscreen or insect repellant may be of value in certain areas.
  • Many birds are more easily heard than seen. Learn to recognize their calls and songs, as well as their appearance.
  • Respect wildlife homes. Leave nests and their occupants as you found them.
  • In no-hunt areas, blend in with your surroundings. Wear neutral-colored clothing and move slowly and quietly.
  • While birding in areas where hunting is allowed, wear blaze orange to be more visible to hunting sportsmen.
  • Some birders like to keep a checklist of birds they’ve seen. Download the bird checklist.
  • Share your lunch only with other humans.
  • In any area you bird, leave nothing but footprints and take home nothing but memories.
  • Use binoculars or a spotting scope so you can view birds from a distance.
  • Many birds are more active at certain times of the day. In most cases, birds are more active and more vocal in the early morning. Try birding early. The “early bird gets the worm,” and you may see the early bird!
  • Limit the use of recordings, calls, or whistles to attract birds.
  • Visit the Wisconsin Rapids area often!