Whitefish Point separates Whitefish Bay from Lake Superior. This narrow point of windswept land juts into the lake, creating a navigation hazard for ships, but also serving as a natural gathering point for migrating birds. A light station was erected on the point in 1849 and today a shipwreck museum and bird observatory share the old facility. Both facilities are open from mid-May through mid-October. During spring migration, the shape of the peninsula funnels the birds along the shoreline to the point where the birds congregate, awaiting favorable weather conditions to cross Lake Superior to their northern breeding grounds. Concentrations of songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey and owls in turn attract birdwatchers from around the nation to see this annual event. Professional bird counters track daily and annual migration patterns in the spring and fall and are available for visitor questions.