Enjoy birds—Go bird-watching!
Fall is the time of year that birds migrate. This October, how many birds can you see winging it to their winter homes in the South? You might see a V-shaped flock of Canada geese in the sky or a robin stopping for some berries along the way.
What you can do
Ask your parents for some binoculars—or even opera glasses. These magnify the things you see in the distance. Then go with your parents to a park, to a bird hangout like Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin, or to the Zoo.
At the Milwaukee County Zoo, you can see migrating birds around Lake Evinrude. There’s even a bird-watching deck that overlooks the lake. In the photo, a Milwaukee girl uses opera glasses to look for birds.
How do you identify the birds?
Look in a bird guide. Or take notes on the types of birds you see and their colors. Then you may be able to find a photo of that bird in our new guide on how you can help Wisconsin and other North American birds. It’s called “The Birds Without Borders- Aves Sin Fronteras® Recommendation for Landowners: How to Manage Your Land to Help Birds (Wisconsin, Midwest and eastern United States edition).” You can find this guide* on our Web site here.
* This guide was published in fall 2008 by the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Inc., and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.