Updated: Jun 19
This hotspot highlight is focused on Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park near Casper, WY. Perfectly located along the banks of the North Platte, this park packs a wallop for diversity during the breeding and migration seasons.
Please note, while this location has over 200 species documented, I do not include all 200 species in the notable species. I try to include birds in the notable section IF they have a high-ish relative occurrence during the prime months to bird the location. And sometimes I lob in a bird just because it is really cool.
Hotspot Name: Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park
Location: Casper, WY
Managing Organization: Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails
Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Picnic Area, Fishing, Handicap Accessible, Swimming, Horseback Riding
Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3651871
When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall
Number of Potential Species: 200+
Notable Birds: Wood Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Wilson's Snipe, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, American White Pelican, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Eastern Screech-Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Bullock's Oriole, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak
Other Wildlife: Boreal Chorus Frog, Woodhouse's Toad, North American Porcupine, American Mink, Bobcat, White-tailed Deer,
Description: Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park is one of the TOP migrant stopovers in Wyoming. During spring and fall, this cottonwood gallery can host 10+ species of warbler in a single day. While that does not compare to coastal migrant traps, it is impressive for "The Big Empty." During summer, look for nesting Yellow Warbler and Bullock's Oriole. Also, listen for the faint call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, as they have been known to summer in the park. Nesting is not confirmed for Yellow-billed Cuckoo, yet. (But one day soon, I will find you and your nest, Yellow-billed Cuckoo.)
Audubon Rockies conducts bird banding at Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park. If you are interested in this process, you can learn more information here.