Birding

Birders from all over the country flock to Burnett County to capture images of rare and elusive bird species at one of Burnett County’s 11 wildlife areas to explore.

If you’re looking for a guided birding experience, our very own wetlands gem, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area encompasses 30 thousand acres and is home to over 270 species of birds, including a number of endangered species. A haven for birding and wildlife enthusiasts, Crex Meadows’ unique topography of marshland, prairies, flowages and forests creates the ideal home for many migratory birds like the Sandhill crane.

Rare birds, including LeConte’s sparrow and yellow rail call the area just north of Grantsburg home, and entice birders from all over the region with the promise of a sighting. It is also the beginning of the Lake Superior Northwoods Region of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail.

The Crex Meadows Visitor Center welcomes guests seven days a week from March through November. Travel the boardwalk and nature trail to the visitor center to listen to the history of Crex Meadows and experience museum quality artifacts including a replica of a 1930s hunting shack. Stop in the gift shop to get field guides, t-shirts and other souvenirs. Nature classes and events are offered year round by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Be sure to attend their Spring Bird Festival in May and Crex Crane Festival in October.

Follow the geese painted on Grantsburg’s throughways and be inspired by the wildlife at Crex Meadows.