‘The kind of thing you dream about’: Arctic loon spotted for the first time in Wisconsin by birders

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Lake Superior is famous for being the biggest and deepest of the Great Lakes. It’s also the least fertile.

That lower productivity and large surface area can sometimes make Gitche Gumee seem like a blue desert.

Late Monday morning was proving to be one of those times for Ryan Brady of Washburn, Betsy Bartelt of Appleton and Tim Oksuita of Moquah.

The three friends had gathered to spend part of Memorial Day birding at spots on the Bayfield Peninsula.

As they trained their spotting scopes northward from a beach in Herbster, Brady quipped “Just look at all those gallons of water.”

The group knew the joke from Brady, an expert birder who works as conservation biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, belied another fact: the Superior shore might not have the highest numbers of birds, but it often has very interesting and rare species.

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