Hatching of the Trail
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On October 23, 2001, the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture joined in a landmark conservation agreement, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. (With this link you will leave the Milwaukee County Parks site. TheWisconsin Bird Conservation site will appear in a new browser window. To return to this page, simply close the WBCI window.)Along with state, county, and private conservation organizations, we pledged to work together to preserve habitat for resident birds and birds that migrate to or through Wisconsin.
For years, bird watchers and nature photographers have found exceptional birding in our parks. Our lakefront parks have long been known as places to observe uncommon visiting waterbirds. Elsewhere in the county, 118 bird species are confirmed to nest, and of these, 16 species are listed by the Department of Natural Resources as endangered, threatened, or of special concern.
Recognizing the recreational significance of nature in general and birding in particular, the Milwaukee County Parks has developed the Oak Leaf Birding Trail as part of the Department of Natural Resources' Great Wisconsin Birding Trail. The opening of the Oak Leaf Birding Trail, your guide to birding in the Milwaukee County Parks, coincides with the spring migration of 2002.