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Dear Birders,

It’s been a long and winding and hilly and rutted road. But we are finally there! The 2021 Horicon Marsh Bird festival will be different, very different except for the birds, they have been the stars of the show since day one. We strived to bring you something familiar, which we all need at this point, but yet some things that are new and exciting. New trips, virtual talks that we can view from the comfort of home, etc.

We hope you find this year’s festival as enjoyable as past years. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Bring on the birds! 

Due to the limited number of trips this year we are asking for a LIMIT OF 3 TRIPS per person to ensure an equal opportunity among participants.  Thank you for respecting this and if there are still open spots the week before the festival, we will open trips up to an unlimited number.

Please note that the Horicon Marsh Boat Tours is closed and will not be offering tours at this time. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center are also closed due to COVID precautions. Marsh Haven Nature Center is open, please follow their COVID-19 guidelines.

We will be following COVID-19 guidelines for the duration of the festival.  Please respect any mask requirements at indoor locations put in place by our partners.  We will follow physical distancing (turkey vulture wingspan) and sanitation guidance.  Safety is our highest priority.


Photos: Thomas O’Malley

Horicon Marsh Bird Club invites birders of all skill levels – as well as anyone who enjoys the great outdoors – to the 24th Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (May 7th-9th, 2021). This weekend-long event provides family-friendly activities and educational experiences designed to showcase Horicon Marsh’s role as an important habitat for birds and wildlife.

Highlights of this year’s Bird Festival include a virtual keynote speech from the National Eagle Center, LIVE birds of prey, smaller more intimate guided tours, NEW trips to Mud Lake, Waupun Boardwalk and the Marsh Haven Trails.

See our schedule of events.

Horicon Marsh

This vast wetland is both a State Wildlife Area and a National Wildlife Refuge. Originally established as habitat for migrating and nesting ducks, it has since become a stopover for Canada Geese.

Today, Horicon Marsh is increasingly recognized and managed as a wetland ecosystem for all of its plants and animals. Horicon Marsh has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention and a Global Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. No group of wildlife better represents the vitality of this marsh better than its birds. Over the years, a total of 304 species of birds have been sighted on this marsh.

If you’re a birder or a naturalist or just someone who enjoys the beauty of nature we encourage you to come visit Horicon Marsh. The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival will focus on introducing visitors to many of these birds at the peak of the spring migration. Please go to the following link and read more about the festival in a story that appears in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

So pack up your binoculars and join us!

Copy of Festival Big Sit Totals 2017