Not only is the migration of the monarch butterflies in Wisconsin one of our favorite times of year, but the process is also one of the most unique phenomena in the world. As one of the only insects that can’t withstand winter in a temperate climate, when fall hits, monarchs west of the Rockies head to the California coast. Monarchs east of the Rockies head to the forests in the Mexican mountains. These small, beautiful insects travel up to 2,500 miles twice a year. Recent sightings in the southern part of the US mean the migration north has begun and a large number of the monarchs will pass through or stay in Wisconsin. So, if you’re wondering about the best time to see monarch butterflies in Wisconsin, here’s a map where you can keep track of the path of the migration.

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So, are you excited to see monarch butterflies in Wisconsin? If so, will you help lure these gorgeous and beautiful insects to your yard? Let us know if and when you spot a monarch this spring.

Nature enthusiasts, did you know there’s a park in Wisconsin where you can see sandhill cranes in their natural habitat? Check out our article telling you more about these gorgeous birds in Wisconsin.

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Before you go exploring, be sure to visit REI for all your birdwatching and hiking gear.  

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Monarch Butterflies In Wisconsin

Where is the best place to witness monarch butterflies in Wisconsin? 

You don’t need to go far to witness monarch butterflies in Wisconsin as some of the majestic insects could be fluttering around in your garden. However, if you would like to see more of these colorful insects head to the following gardens: 

  • Allen Centennial Garden, Madison
  • Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, Appleton
  • Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
  • Bookworm, Sheboygan
  • West Bend Labyrinth Garden, West Bend
  • West of the Lake Gardens, Manitowoc
  • Taliesin, Spring Green
  • The Garden Door, Sturgeon Bay
  • Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Kenosha

Read our previous article telling you more about the best places to witness monarch butterflies in Wisconsin.

What are some of the best spring hikes in Wisconsin?

If you’re a nature enthusiast and love spending time in the great outdoors, here are some of the best spring hikes in Wisconsin that we recommend:

  • Lime-Kiln Trail at High Cliff State Park, Sherwood
  • Powder Hill Trail at Kettle Moraine Pike Lake Unit, Hartford
  • Trail Tramper's Delight Trail at Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
  • Bison Nature Trail at New Glarus Woods, New Glarus
  • Hemlock Nature Trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario
  • Lake Geneva Path, Lake Geneva
  • Dells of the Eau Claire Loop, Dells of the Eau Claire Park, Aniwa
  • Riverview Trail at Perrot State Park, Trempealeau
  • Willow Springs Trail at Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds
  • Ski Trails at Powers Bluff Maple Woods, Aripin
  • Haskell Noyes Memorial Woods, Campbellsport, Fond du Lac
  • Fox Maple Woods, Florence
  • Guided Tour, Ridges Sanctuary, Bailey's Harbor

Be sure to read our previous article telling you more about the best spring hikes in Wisconsin.

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