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Milwaukee County is home to over 100 bird species, from the common House Sparrow to the Peregrine Falcon; however, more than 150 other bird species pass through the county during their spring and autumn migrations. That means you might see over 250 species of birds without ever leaving Milwaukee County!

If you've participated in backyard birdwatching, you may have seen only 10–20 bird species at your feeder. To help you discover the other 200-plus bird species, we've developed the Oak Leaf Birding Trail, a guide to prime birding locations in the Milwaukee County Parks.

The birding trail is not a continuous hiking trail winding through the woods but a road map that you can follow from one park or parkway to another. Park your vehicle along a drive, get out, and hike through the park with a checklist in hand, an eagle eye, and an ear tuned to the songs in nature.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the Oak Leaf Birding Trail; you never know what birds await!




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