Another weekend for sleeping, I was up at 3:30 AM to get out and see some nature. Looking at a map I wanted someplace new to visit within an hour or so from home. I spotted Horicon Marsh a little South of Fond Du Lac and just over an hour from home without being distracted with photo opportunities. . With the Spring migration of birds starting, this would be a great place to get some birding in.
Horicon Marsh is a large lake created from the melting glaciers, although it is filled with cattails. These cattails make it very difficult if not impossible to travel the water, I’m sure that’s one reason so many types of birds enjoy this area. The marsh covers over 33 square miles and approximately 300 species of birds according to information on the web.
The Northern two thirds of the marsh is the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR) and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Southern third is owned by the State Of Wisconsin.
Traveling from the HNWR I explored the Main Dike Road for a couple of hours checking out all the birds. Today there were only two other vehicles on the road and no foot traffic. I was very surprised to see so few people.
Although very interesting and a tremendous amount of bird species, getting around was very limited to the fact, it’s a marsh. I explored some of the roads and trails that go through the marsh, finally stopping at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.
This is a truly amazing area if you like to watch birds, although access to get images of them is very hard since they can be so far away. I was watching some White Pelicans for a while, with my binoculars but no way to get any real images.
The visitor center has some good trails and a fantastic boardwalk that was worth the trip.