Southerly winds bring huge migration of birds into Wisconsin

Posted at 6:46 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 14:17:18-04

This week's large bird migration is making a big buzz all over Wisconsin.  With the huge migration of birds, bird enthusiast will have the chance to see over 40 different species of birds move into southeast Wisconsin over the next two weeks.

Don Quintenz, Senior Ecologist for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center said one of the reasons for the massive migration are the different weather patterns we have experienced this year.  

"Those weather patterns prevented birds from migrating so there's been sort of a stacking up of birds," said Quintenz.

Quintenz said the birds are smart and will take advantage of the southerly winds to make the migration north.

"In general birds are pretty much moving south to north to take advantage of all kinds of spaces that have what they need and can afford them what they want in terms of food, shelter and protection," said Quintenz.  

Some birds will travel from as far as the tropics or from nearby places like Illinois.

Bird enthusiast of Wisconsin can expect to see orioles, hummingbirds and redstarts.  The best time for viewing will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will lead a birding event, "Birding the Milwaukee River by Canoe" on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.