|Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest|
Wisconsin’s largest state property contains a diversity of northern timber types interspersed with grasslands, marshes, and more that 900 lakes. This site provides ideal habitats for northwoods wildlife, including one of the largest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in Wisconsin.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
|Description: Scattered over 750 square miles of Lake Superior waters, the 22 Apostle Islands support a northwoods wildlife community associated with hemlock hardwood and boreal forests.|
Wildlife to Watch: More than 200 species of birds may be found on the islands during spring and fall migration. Outer and Long islands in particular. Large numbers of broad-winged hawks migrate though each spring. Bald eagles are one of more than 100 species that breed here.
Stockton, Sand, and Raspberry islands offer good opportunities to watch a variety of warblers and thrushes in the breeding season of May and June. Long Island is great for spotting waterfowl and shorebirds. Spring peeper, wood frog, and eastern garter snake are common on many islands. Though black bear are seldom seen, they are abundant on Stockton and Sand islands. In late September and October, large numbers of peregrine falcons and merlins use Outer Island as staging grounds during migration.
Special Tips: Barrier-free visitor center, ranger programs, and trails enhance the visit. Excursion boats run approximately Memorial Day through the first week in October.
Size: 21 islands and 12-mile strip of mainland to equal 42,140 acres
Closest Town: Bayfield
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