Bird Festival

Fellow Birders,

It is with heavy hearts that the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival committee share with you, our birding friends and valued supporters, that the 2020 Horicon Marsh Bird Festival has been cancelled. We’ve known that this was the best decision to be made but had a hard time accepting it.  We know that so many look forward to this festival and we will miss interacting with all of our participants. Please give us up to 2 weeks to process refunds for paid bus tours.  Contact 920-485-4663 or 920-387-7893 with questions.

We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers, partners, speakers, guides who helped with preparations for the event this year.

Stay tuned for details on a mini Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in October.  We’ll use the new ideas from this year and have another year to brainstorm how we can make 2021 the best year ever!  Happy backyard birding.  Stay safe and healthy.

Horicon Marsh Bird Club invites birders of all skill levels – as well as anyone who enjoys the great outdoors – to the 23rd Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival (May 7th-11th, 2020). 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 keynote speech from the National Eagle Center, ‘The Big Sit’, a daylong marathon to identify as many species of birds as possible from a fixed location; bird banding and LIVE birds of Prey. 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.

Thomas O'Malley

Thomas O’Malley

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