Birds and Other Wildlife

The Upper Mississippi River Valley along the Wisconsin Great River Road is one of the most important places for birds and wildlife in North America.

The Wisconsin Great River Road runs through the center of the Mississippi River Flyway, a superhighway for migrating birds, such as songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. And during the summer, it is one of the most important nesting areas in North America for a number of bird species.

It is not only the river that attracts the birds, but it’s the protected forests, wetlands and prairies that line nearly two-thirds of the Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway route. Beaver, muskrat, otter, white-tailed deer, fox, coyote and other mammals thrive along the Wisconsin Great River Road. More than 145 species of amphibians and reptiles live in and along the Upper Mississippi River. There is no other place in the Midwest that offers such diversity.

Below are some tools to help you plan your Wisconsin Great River Road birdwatching or wildlife viewing expedition.