The Upper Peninsula’s pristine woodlands and protected lands have provided a home to over 399 native bird species. Marquette is no different, being home to a vast array of wildlife from deer, cranes, turkeys, and more. No matter how you explore Marquette’s outdoors, you will be amazed by the vast array of native birds you may see during your stay.

Whether you are hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, or biking throughout the Michigan backcountry, make sure to bring a checklist with you. Having a birdwatching checklist makes it easier to identify between rare and regular breeds, as well as accidental and extinct species previously identified in the area.

Presque Isle Park

With something for everyone, a trip to Marquette is not complete without touring Presque Isle Park. This 324-acre peninsula park offers picturesque views of Lake Superior offered nowhere else in Michigan. The park is a great spot for animal watching with a vast array of local songbirds, deer, and other animals migrating through the park. With options to hike to the nearby waterfall, there are many adventures that await you at Presque Isle. 

And be sure to check out Little Presque Isle nearby to explore the Songbird Trail where you may spot unique species like the sparrow, merlins, juncos, woodpeckers, and more.

Wetmore Pond Trail

Wetmore Pond Trail provides access to small lake and mountain views, with a boardwalk to explore the terrain. This trial has multiple loops for visitors to explore with an outlook perfect for birdwatchers. As a migration spot for local birds, visitors can see gray jays, spruce goose, woodpeckers, and more.  

Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve

The Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve protects 13 acres of wetland that acts as a stopover for migrating birds. It is accessible by water via Lake Superior as well as the popular Chocolay River. Visitors can also access the preserve through two of the most popular trails in the Upper Peninsula, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and the North Country National Scenic Trail. Here, one can find rare herons and eagles among other wildlife. 

Dead River Falls

Considering hiking Dead River Falls Trail? Be sure to bring your birdwatching guide. This 1.9-mile trail offers its visitors a great space for birdwatching. Species found here include long-tailed ducks, red-breasted mergansers, and common loons.

Greenwood Reservoir

The Greenwood Reservoir is 1,073 acres of secluded woodland composed of pine trees and a lake, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching. Common species identified here include woodpeckers, finches, crossbills, and various ducks.


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