We’re talking about planning a trip to see one of nature’s most incredible performances—millions of birds migrating south to seek out warmer nesting grounds.
Every year, as cooler temperatures roll in, millions of birds fly south to find warmer nesting grounds. We found four destinations with a reputation for being a great place to witness this majestic happening. Check them out, then plan your bird-watching trip today!
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Mayville, WI
Established in 1941, the 33,000-acre Horicon Marsh is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the U.S. This “Wetland of International Importance” is home to more than 300 species of birds (including the redhead duck), as well as turtles, frogs, fish, red foxes, and more. The fall migration “line-up” also includes countless ducks, cranes, and Canada geese. Explore Horicon
Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, ME
We don’t need a reason to visit beautiful Maine, but the possibility of seeing 338 bird species is pretty enticing. Especially if you head to Cadillac Mountain in the fall. Their migration visitors include many birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, and sometimes even a peregrine falcon. If you go, make sure to download their official app. It’s like having a park ranger tour guide on your mobile device! Explore Acadia
Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Reserve Medaryville, IN
Travel to this stop on the Indiana Birding Trail during fall migration and you won’t be the only visitor of note. Some 10,000 sandhill cranes stop through as well. In addition to maintaining more than 8,000 acres of wetland, the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Areas also offer outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, trapping, shooting, and more. Explore Jasper-Pulaski
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Oak Harbor, OH
On the shores of Lake Erie you’ll find this stunning 6,500-acre refuge (with trails open year-round), established in 1961 as a safe haven for waterfowl and migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered species. Visit in September and you’ll see peak songbird and shorebird migration, while October is migration time for raptors, waterfowl, and saw-whet owls. Explore Ottawa
And before you go bird-watching: We recommend downloading the Merlin Bird ID app for your phone. It’s the best way to find out what you’re hearing or seeing during the fall migration.