“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Washington in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lake Michigan Habitat

Lake Michigan Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, circa 2015
1. Lake Michigan Habitat Marker
Many migratory bird species are threatened by habitat destruction both at their wintering grounds in Central and South America and their breeding areas in the northern U.S. and Canada. In addition, these birds must pass twice yearly above a continent experiencing substantial development pressures, offering fewer productive stopover sites for resting and refueling. Lake Michigan and its shoreline serve as a vital waystation for migrant songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, gulls, and raptors to successfully accomplish their long-distance journeys. Habitat protection and enhancement of the open spaces along Lake Michigan is critical to the continued survival of bird species migrating through the Midwest.

8. Port Washington Harbor
- The harbor, breakwater, and boat slips are a magnet for ducks; 16 gull species have been recorded. Birders from all over the state and Midwest have made the journey to Port Washington to view rarities such as Ivory Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, King Elder, Harlequin Duck, or Ross' Goose.

10. Upper Lake Park - This bluff-top park provides a panoramic view of the Port Washington Harbor, and is an excellent location to scope for migrant loons, grebes, waterfowl, gulls, and terns.

F. Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve - Diverse grassland, wet meadow, woodland,

Lake Michigan Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, circa 2015
2. Lake Michigan Habitat Marker
wetland, and bluff habitats, along with a spectacular Lake Michigan view, make birding at this 73-acre county property ideal. During peak spring migration, over 20 species of warblers can be found within a short walk from the parking lot. The boardwalks offer views of species such as rails, Least Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked and Wood Duck. The 100-foot bluff-top and approximately one mile of shoreline provide a great vantage point for viewing loons, scoters, herons, and other waterfowl, as well as spring and fall raptor migration.

H. Harrington Beach State Park - This 638-acre park has one mile of Lake Michigan frontage and boasts a bird list of 256 species, making it one of the best places to bird watch in the state. Spring and fall migrations bring spectacular concentrations of waterfowl offshore, shorebirds along the beach, and nearly every species of warbler in the wooded areas. Significant numbers of hawks can be viewed during fall migration.

Typical Bird Species (Shores/Woods):
Belted Kingfisher
Migrant Raptors, 16 species
(Such as hawks, owls)
Migrant Warblers, 25 species
Rails, 4 species
Sandpipers, 21 species
(Such as Sanderling, Dunlin)
Typical Bird Species (Open Water):
Common and Red-throated Loon

Trailside Birding Hotspot Sign image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, circa 2015
3. Trailside Birding Hotspot Sign
ducks, 9 species
(Such as Gadwall, Norther Pintail)
Diving ducks, 15 species
(Such as Canvasback, Bufflehead)
Double-crested Cormorant
Gulls, 16 species
(Such as Herring, Bonaparte's)
All 3 scoters

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(Pictured: Bald Eagle, Bonaparte's Gull,& Hooded Merganser)
Erected by Interurban Trail.
Location. 43° 23.22′ N, 87° 52.032′ W. Marker is in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. Marker can be reached from E. Grand Ave.. Touch for map. The marker in located in Rotary Park which is at the end of E. Grand Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Port Washington WI 53074, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Lakefront in Transition (within shouting distance of this marker); The Art of Commercial Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); They Had To Go A Fishin' (within shouting distance of this marker); Those That Fished (within shouting distance of this marker); Of Valor and Sorrow (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Those That Fished (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Washington State Bank Centennial Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); Sauk Creek Habitat Improvement Project (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Washington.
More about this marker. The marker is located along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment

Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2015, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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