From birds of prey to water fowl to the smallest of humming birds, one of the least appreciated aspects of canoeing down a river is the bird life. You can see it, but more than that you can hear it! We’ve put together this little resource to help you appreciate what our avian freinds bring to the river and your experience on it.
The Wisconsin and Kickapoo Rivers are part of the largest flyway in North America and is also a terminating point for the Atlantic Flyway. Grab a bird identification book, some binoculars and see how many different species you can see in a day on the water.
What kind of birds you can you expect to SEE on the river?
Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers, Redtail Hawks, Orioles, Wood Ducks, Canadian Geese, various Woodpeckers
What kind of birds can you expect to HEAR on the river?
It is illegal to be in possession of glass on the Wisconsin River. Assume you WILL be searched by the WI Dept. of Natural Resources. If caught you will face a fine of upto $749 for the possession of glass (beer bottles, jelly jars, mayo jars, wine bottles).
Fireworks are also illegal and punishable by fines. We are trying to provide a peaceful experience for our paddlers and the many migratory birds that we share the river with. Leave your glass and fireworks at home and save yourself the fine for being in possession of them on the river.