Cedar Grove Hawk Research Station (239/679)

Cedar Grove Hawk Research Station is an ornithological research and banding station in Sheboygan County.  It is closed to the public so as to not disturb the ongoing research.

Bird trapping and banding has been occurring at the Cedar Grove Hawk Research Station since the 1940’s.  A large blind is located on site from which a number of researchs observe the birds passing by.  Baits live and small are used to attract birds which are then captured by nets, measured, banded, and released.  On the day of my visit, Cooper’s hawks, merlins, and sharp-shinned hawks were the prevalent species observed and banded.  Photographic conditions were less than ideal in the dimly light blind and I wanted to avoid using the flash which would stress the birds.  That said, it was a very neat experience to visit a working ornithological research station and observe research in action.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Cedar Grove Hawk Research Station can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 8
County Sheboygan
Natural Communities / Geology Forest
Size (Acres) 34
Parking Parking Area
Trails Yes
Easy to Find No
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within


Dates Visited 9.17.11

Sheboygan County
Location not disclosed

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim Banach says:

    Greetings, I am the Executive Director at the Wildlife In Need Center. I would love to hear more about what you do currently. We also received a report of a siting of a Red-tailed Hawk in Pewaukee that had 2 patagial wing tags. I have a photo to show you but do not know who to contact. My email is kbanach@helpingwildlife.org. Look forward to hearing from you!


    1. joshuamayer says:

      Hello Kim, I apologize that I am just now seeing this comment on my blog post. I am not affiliated with the Cedar Grove Station. I am simply a photographer/explorer on a personal mission to visit all (at present) 693 State Natural Areas in the state, of which the Cedar Grove Station is one such area. I asked permission and was allowed to visit the station. I found a Facebook page for them that may be a better way to contact them. Hopefully that helps. 🙂


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