There are a number of great places in and around Amery to view a wide variety of birds. Amery is surrounded by 3 lakes, the Apple River, open farmland, forested areas, and pothole marshes which all provide wonderful habitat for migrating and nesting birds.
The largest number of individual species will be seen during migration, especially the spring migration. In March, before the ice goes out of the lakes, be sure to check the river across from Amery's North Park (bring your spotting scope). As the river channel opens, it is a great area to view a large variety of early migrating waterfowl. Common Loons, Gulls, and Bald Eagles are also fairly common. Look carefully and you might see an otter playing along the edge of the open water.
York Park is a great place to find migrating Warblers. Starting in March, look for Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Ruby-Crowned and Orange-Crowned Kinglets. Migrating Warblers can been seen in York Park throughout May. Thrushes also may be seen migrating through the park during March. Also check the trees on the edge of the parking lot and picnic area during mid-March and early April. This is a good area to see early Blue Birds and Eastern Phoebes. Walk the trail within the park to view many of the local nesters. These will include Warblers to Pileated Woodpeckers.
Amery's new hiking-biking trail is another great place to find birds. As the old railroad grade winds its way through large marshy areas and tree-lined stretches, it creates a very important edge effect which attracts a large number of birds for feeding, resting and nesting. This is a great area to see wild turkeys, Cardinals, Catbirds and a variety of sparrows and warblers.
Amery Regional Medial Center
Check out the Amery Regional Medical Center's nature trail. This wheel-chair accessible trail partially follows along the Apple River. Migrating birds as well as local nesters use this area for feeding. Be sure to check out the Osprey nest site.
Northeast of Amery is the DNR's wetland area, Joel Marsh. This is a great area to view migrating waterfowl in early spring. Nesting species include swans, coot, pied-billed Grebes, Black Terns, Sora Rails, yellow-headed blackbirds as well as ospreys. This is also a great place to view sandhill cranes, great blue herons and northern harriers.
The park offers 40 acres of urban, mixed hardwood forest on a hilly site, boggy wetland, and 1/4 mile of undeveloped lakeshore. Enjoy 3 miles of graveled trails and a viewing platform. Birds in the forest include:
Northern Parula, Magnolia
Blackburnian and Mourning Warblers
Red-eyed and Blue-headed
On the lake, one can find Common Loons, Bald Eagles, Osprey and a variety of ducks and herons.
The park is located on the northern edge of Amery, on the west side of Highway. 46. Paved parking and well-maintained trails.