This is the park of parks!!
Remember when I told you to explore parks that are around? Well, it's even better to explore national parks. It's beyond spectacular!!
In Necedah, which is in the middle of Wisconsin, there is a wildlife refuge.
Right where that "A" is, that's where we traveled to. Wautoma, where my folks are, is more towards the center of the state.
There is a wonderful visitor center there and TONS of information.
And if the center wasn't awesome enough for you, then all of the wildlife that was there will blow your socks off!
When you first drive up to the refuge you get this view!
Then throughout the park you get views like this!
I especially love how still the water was so that the sky was reflected. How beautiful is that?
I was prepared with my binoculars and backpack!!
With that some of the wildlife we saw included trumpeter swans, painted turtles, common garter snakes, a bobolink (a life bird for me!), sandhill cranes, and so much more!
This Kill Deer was sitting on some eggs in the middle of the path/road. She got really pissed at me and I got a good video of her aggressive calls. Absolutely fascinating.
That Red-Winged Blackbird you're all so familiar with.
This is an Oriole's nest. They're so cool 'cause they hang by a thread (of sorts). The best part about it was that I saw the mother bird come out. She was so fabulously brilliant I was speechless. Unfortunately my camera doesn't take shots all that fast so I didn't get a good one of her.
Mama and baby deer!!
That's a Bald Eagle mother in a nest with a baby. It. Was. Awesome!
The most phenomenal thing about this park though is that it has some of the highest concentration of Wild Lupine in the state. This means that the Karner Blue Butterfly (the one that's endangered, remember?) frequently lives there. We didn't get to see the butterfly (there super tiny), but the flowers themselves were beautiful.
So with all of the wonders of this park, I leave you with this message that the park so smartly displayed.
Have an eco-awesome day!!