May 13, 2023 is World Migratory Bird Day, a day to celebrate and support the 3.5 billion birds that migrate back to their nesting areas from their wintering locations. 1000 Islands is dedicating a series of Saturdays to World Migratory Bird Day. Join us throughout the month of May to learn, explore and support this amazing group of animals.
April 29 – 10:00 – 11:45 AM Birding for Beginners
In preparation for the month of May, where we see the largest number of migratory birds, join us at 1000 Islands and learn the basics of birding to get started with this fun hobby you can do anywhere and anytime. You will receive tips for where to bird watch, books that help in identifying birds and other tools to utilize for birding. Take a hike after the class to practice your birding skills. This program is geared for adults and will start indoors and conclude with a hike. Pre-registration is required and group size is limited. FREE
May 6 – 9:00-11:30 AM Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup
This activity is organized and hosted by the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. Cleaning up our rivers is a great way to support our migratory birds as the local watershed is full of important habitat and stopover sites. Volunteers must register through the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance and spots are filling fast. Even if you can’t clean up at 1000 Islands, there are other areas throughout Northeast Wisconsin that can use your help.
May 13 – 10:00 AM -3:00 PM Storybook Walk – A Warbler’s Journey
Enjoy a bonus Storybook Walk this month in honor of World Migratory Bird Day with the book A Warbler’s Journey by Scott Weidensaul. Enjoy the outdoors and read about the tiny but mighty yellow warbler as she makes her perilous migration journey from the tropics of Central America to the Canadian tundra on our kid-friendly boardwalk trail. Reading stations will be set up along the boardwalk for a self-guided walk to read a page or two at each station. Visit each station to read the entire book.
May 20 – 8:00-9:30 AM Morning Bird Hike
Join us for a morning hike along the 1000 Islands trails and/or the Konkapot Creek trail watching for warblers and other migratory birds. Participants of all birding abilities are welcome and should meet at the pavilion by the Nature Center. Binoculars will be available for those who need them.
May 27 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Drop-In Bird Crafts and Activities
Stop by anytime between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to enjoy some fun bird activities and crafts to wrap-up our month of World Migratory Bird Day activities.