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State of Minnesota

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Birding in Minnesota is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who are willing to put up with some inconvenience, the rewards can be great. If you are not afraid of bone-numbing cold in the winter or black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, etc. in the warm weather, the birding is wonderful. Do dress in layers and equip your car properly for the cold. Carry a winter survival kit. This should include a cellular phone so that you are able to summon help if necessary. Keep in mind that temperatures along the shore of Lake Superior can be quite cool even in summer. Also keep in mind that several million people live in Minnesota throughout the year without succumbing to the cold. The process of natural selection weeds out those who choose to walk on thin ice or drive snowmobiles into poles while inebriated.

Although there are may be people who would differ with me, I will list a few of my favorite birding locations:

The area in and around Duluth is beautiful and always productive. Thirty miles north of Duluth, the Sax-Zim Bog is an area where many boreal species may be found throughout the year.Great-gray owls, Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees and nesting Connecticut Warblers are highlights. During invasion years one can expect reports of Boreal Owls and Northern Hawk Owls as well. Most winters it is possible to find at least one Snowy Owl in the Duluth harbor area. This winter a Gyrfalcon has taken up residence along with a (lost) Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. Northern Shrikes, redpolls and winter finches are plentiful in this area as well. The vistas along the shore of Lake Superior are magnificent. There are many boreal species which rarely occur in the United States which are regularly seen here. In Duluth the roads are meticulously cleared of snow. Roads in the Sax-Zim Bog area as well as state highways are also well maintained. This is not necessarily true in more remote areas.

In the fall, Hawk Ridge in Duluth is a hot spot for sighting migrating raptors. It is possible to view the birds from very near the car, but the area is not paved. The terrain would be difficult, but not impossible for most wheelchairs, and, at least, one does not need to go more than a few feet from the car. There is a naturalist and official counter at the ridge. From time to time birds are brought from the nearby banding center, and educational talks are given. Owls are banded every evening in the fall, and raptors are banded during the day. Many passerines are banded here as well. Highlights at Hawk Ridge include: Bald and Golden Eagles, Northern Goshawks and Rough-legged Hawks. On a day with strong north-west winds, it is sometimes possible to see 20,000 to 30,000 birds in a day. Take a comfortable chair. Accessible rest-room facilities may be found in the fast-food restaurants along London Road, about 15 minutes from here.

The Gunflint Trail originates in Grand Marais, about 30 miles from the Canadian border, and it is well-paved road for a distance of some 50 miles. This is another prime birding location with many of the boreal species found in Duluth. Three-toed Woodpeckers and Black-backed Woodpeckers are regularly found here.

In the south-eastern part of Minnesota, the birding along the Mississippi River is very good, and there are many places where birds may be viewed from the car. This is also a very beautiful drive. The birding locations here are far too numerous to list here.

For those who are flying into the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul); there are numerous locations in the metropolitan area where birds may be found. The Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings has wheel-chair accessible trails. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has its headquarters only five minutes from the airport. You may borrow a wheelchair to view the area around the headquarters building. In Dakota County, migrating shorebirds may been seen at the sod farms, the many miles of farm roads are full of birds, and there are some very productive marshes. The Murphy-Hanrehan and Carlos Avery refuges may be birded from the car. In the winter you will find many species of waterfowl at the Blue Lake Sewage Treatment ponds in Scott County. (Keep in mind that there are very few places in Minnesota with open water during the winter. Waterfowl, eagles, etc. will be concentrated in those areas.) I do not recommend the Black Dog Lake area to birders with disabilities, even though it is one such place. The only way to get to the open water is to walk over very difficult ground in winter. In any other season, Black Dog Road is well worth the ride, as many birds may be seen along the road.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service publishes a pamphlet which lists the features of each of the National Wildlife Refuges. Many of these have driving tour routes, and these should all be of interest to birders with disabilities. Several of these are located in Minnesota. In addition, most of Minnesota's State Parks have paved roads into areas where birds are plentiful. All of these locations have accessible rest-room facilities as well.

I would encourage anyone who is planning a visit to Minnesota to purchase a copy of Kim Eckert's comprehensive book, A Birder's Guide to Minnesota. I cannot begin to do justice to all of the birding locations in Minnesota, but this volume will serve you well. There is also a wealth of information on the website of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union. A post to one of the birding listservs in Minnesota will almost certainly find you a guide if you should wish to hire one.

This introduction was written in the Winter of 2000-2001

Top Sites

Pine to Prairie Birding Trail

Website

Welcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds…

The Iron Trail

The Iron Trail is located in Northeastern Minnesota - it now has a new bird & wildlife watching brochure. For your free brochure, e-mail them with your name & address. You can also contact them on 800-777-8497 or itcvb@cpinternet.com

Contributor

Sue Levy

Upper Texas Coast [former resident of Minnesota]

Slevy53@aol.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 442

As of April 2015

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

Useful Reading

A Manual for the Identification of the Birds of Minnesota and Neighboring States

Thomas S Roberts 296 pages, 123 illus. University of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816601178

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Birding Minnesota (FalconGuide)

Jay Michael Strangis Paperback - 284 pages (May 1996) Falcon Press Publishing Co.

ISBN: 1560444258

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Birds in Minnesota

Robert B. Janssen Paperback - 367 pages (November 1987) University of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816615691

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Birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin

Bob Janssen, Daryl Tessen and Gregory Kennedy 376 pages, illus, map. Lone Pine Publishing 2003

ISBN: 1551053241

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Birds of Voyageurs National Park

A Guide to the Minnesota-Ontario Border Country Voyageurs Regional National Park Association 126 pages, col photos. University of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816638993

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Useful Information

State Bird

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Forums & Mailing Lists

MOU-NET

Mailing List

To subscribe to list: mou-net-request@moumn.org

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - MOU-Net is an electronic mailing list made available to all persons interested in the birds of Minnesota. It is a place where birders can share their notable sightings with other interested people. MOU-Net is not meant to be a mailing list for posting every sighting; rather, look here for posts of observations that contribute to the understanding of the birds in the state. This includes sightings of birds that are unusual, in an unusual location or out of season, or present in significantly higher numbers than normally expected. To subscribe to this list, send the following e-mail message: (leave blank, or fill with blank spaces) Text: subscribe MOU-Net To unsubscribe, simply change text to unsubscribe MOU-Net. It is important that you include the name of the mailing list (MOU-Net) after "subscribe"; otherwise the software won`t know to which list you are subscribing.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Minnesota Birding Weekends

Website

Minnesota Birding Weekends & Weeks (MBW), as it begins its 32nd season, continues to offer unique, modestly priced birding trips in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (we originated back in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). After 31 years, we have now had a total of 389 MBWeekends, more than 8,600 registrations, and a composite list of 363 species seen within the state – and note that our modest MBWeekend fees are even lower than last season!

MN Bird Guide - Judd Brink

Guide

Welcome to MN Bird Guide. Judd Brink has been guiding for several years in central Minnesota. Our service provides guiding for birders and wildlife photographers to some of the best locations in the state. Many of our trips visit the boreal forests found in Aitkin County and the famous Sax-Zim Bog! What birds are on your bucket list to see or photograph or would be a life bird for you? Some of the birds requested by our clients include; Great-gray Owl, Boreal Chickadee, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Common Loon, Northern-hawk Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker and Connecticut Warbler. Please contact Judd Brink at (218) 838-4784 or email info@mnbirdguide.com to help plan your next birding trip. Happy Birding!

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2012 [06 June] - Brian Gibbons

Report PDF

…Minnesota and North Dakota are a study in contrasts. The spruce tamarack forests of Sax Zim Bog, home to the Connecticut Warbler, Great Gray Owl, and other boreal birds, is a world away from the wind-swept North Dakota prairie pothole region which hosts a variety of waterbirds, shorebirds, and prairie breeders. Except for a few windy days in the prairie, we had great weather for our explorations of these two diverse states….

2013 [06 June] - Brian Gibbons

Report PDF

…Our next couple of mornings proved challenging as the cold rain kept the birds quiet, but we did see some great things like Mourning Warbler, American Bittern, a prey exchange between a provisioning male Northern Harrier and his mate in midair, Sandhill Crane, Eastern Bluebird, Bobolink, and Blackburnian Warbler…

2016 [01 January] - Chris Townend

PDF Report

...We enjoyed lunch at a nearby diner on the main Gunflint Trail where some bird feeders produced good views of Common Redpolls, Black-capped Chickadees and Grey Jays. We then returned to our viewing screen and spent another hour braving the cold. Nothing new was seen, but a Snowshoe Hare briefly shot across the road during one of our thawing out sessions in in the vehicle and Irene also added Red Squirrel to our growing mammal list...

2016 [02 February] - Brian Gibbons - Northern Minnesota

PDF Report

...Our final morning found us cruising north into Superior National Forest along Lake County Road 2, the sweet spot for finding Spruce Grouse in winter. Their habit of getting grit along the roadways allowed us to find a cooperative male and watch him for a few minutes before he disappeared into the forest. Just down the road near the Sand River, some other birders had located a pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers, and we soon enjoyed a pair as they drummed back and forth in the frigid forest...

2016 [06 June] - Erik Bruhnke

PDF Report

Our 2016 Minnesota & North Dakota tour was filled to the brim with a range of weather, as well as an outstanding array of bird diversity. The varied scenery is always a special highlight of this tour. Each day brought new birds, new sights, and new sounds. It is an amazing experience to be immersed in such a broad spectrum of life, and all of this takes place within the Northwoods of Minnesota and the Prairie Potholes of North Dakota.

2017 [02 February] - Andy Stanbury

PDF Report

...After some warm food and coffee at the Trail Centre during late morning, we decided to try another area where we knew Lynx had been visiting in recent weeks before our arrival. We toughed it out in the not too cold temperatures and spent four hours behind a natural screen with a view into the forest, but alas nothing other than Ravens, Blue Jays and Red-breasted Nuthatch....

Places to Stay

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Golden Eagle Lodge

Accommodation

Welcome to Golden Eagle Lodge. We've been a family run business for over 20 years. In that time, we have come to know many wonderful people from around the country who have chosen us as their wilderness retreat destination. We are exceptionally pleased with the number of repeat customers we enjoy visiting with year after year.

Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association

Accommodation

…There are several state parks with trails for biking, rollerblading and cross-country skiing. This is a wonderful way to view spring wildflowers, fall colors and thousands of birds…

Organisations

Agassiz Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of north-western Minnesota including Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, and Red Lake counties…

Albert Lea Audubon Society

Website

We have been an official chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1948. Our goal is to educate people, young and old, about the wonders of nature. Most folks connect Audubon to birds and that’s fine. But, we are so much more! Birds need clean air and water, and a favorable habitat to survive, just like us. In working to provide good habitat for birds, we will inevitably improve our own “habitat”.

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

Website

Representing the National Audubon Society in Greater Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Our field trips and programs are free and open to the public. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome…

Audubon Minnesota

Website

Audubon Minnesota is the state office of the National Audubon Society. Established in 1979, we share Audubon’s 100-year heritage of working to protect our environment, as well as the Audubon mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. While we are part of the national organization, we establish our own statewide programs and pursue our own funding for Minnesota efforts…

Audubon Society in Minnesota

Website

The mission of the Minnesota Audubon Council is to work through our members to preserve and enhance the ecological diversity of our natural environment through education and advocacy of sound public policy, with an emphasis on birds, other wildlife and their habitats…

Austin Audubon Society

Information

A Minnesota Chapter of the National Audubon Society - 28072 550th Ave, Austin, MN 55912 - Tel: 507-440-7318

Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society

Facebook Page

As an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society, BLAAS will foster and advocate for the conservation and restoration of bird populations and other wildlife and their habitat, encourage grassroots action on conservation issues, and develop and implement educational programs, all with a special emphasis on the aquatic resources of the great Brainerd Lakes Area…

Central Minnesota Audubon Society

Website

The Central Minnesota Audubon Society (CMAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. CMAS was founded in 1980 and has over 450 members.

Coulee Region Audubon Society

Website

he Audubon Society's local chapter in N.E. Iowa, S.E. Minnesota and S.W. Wisconsin provides environmental and wildlife field trips free of charge…

Duluth Audubon Society

Website

To preserve and enhance the ecological diversity of our natural environment through education and advocacy of sound public policy with an emphasis on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

Fargo-Moorhead Audubon Society

Information

Serving the communities of Cass County, North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota - 405 8th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103, Donna Schneider, Vice President

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

Website

HERE ARE OUR GOALS: 1. Acquire bog habitat in the Sax-Zim Bog of St. Louis County, Minnesota (a world-famous birding destination) 2. Build a small “Birder Welcome Center” and bog interpretive center on the land 3. Fund educational/research projects centered on peatlands and associated birdlife.

Mankato Bird Club

Website

The Mankato Bird Club is a organization of interested birders from south central Minnesota, primarily in the Mankato area in Blue Earth County. We are always looking for new members to join our club!

Minneapolis Audubon Chapter

Website

The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis is Minnesota's oldest and largest Audubon chapter. Our field trips and programs are free and open to the public…

Minnesota Bird Records Committee

Website

An RQD enables birders to document unusual records for possible inclusion in the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union permanent file. Your submitted form will be evaluated by our Records Committee. If the record is significant, submitted details may be published in a future issue of our journal, The Loon…

Minnesota Ornithologists Union

Website

The Minnesota Ornithologists Union is an organisation of both professionals and amateurs interested in birds. We foster the study of birds. We aim to create and increase public interest in birds. And we promote the preservation of bird life and its natural habitat. To carry out these aims, we publish a journal, The Loon, and a newsletter, Minnesota Birding…

Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter

Website

The Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our Mission is to provide leadship in promoting environmental awareness, education, and advocacy action especially relating to the wildlife and habitats of the Minnesota River Valley.

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society

Website

The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats…

National Eagle Center - Wabasha

Website

Family-friendly admission fees to our new 14,000 square-foot facility make us accessible to all. We have four resident education eagles that live in our facility, which is located on one thousand feet of Mississippi river shoreline in Wabasha, Minnesota…

Nature Conservancy in Minnesota

Website

Welcome to The Nature Conservancy's Minnesota Chapter home page. Here you'll find information on the many ways we're working to help preserve the diversity of living things by protecting the habitats they call home…

North Woods Audubon Center

Website

Established in 1968, the Audubon Center of the Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center (RELC) and green retreat & conference center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Saint Paul Audubon

Website

The Saint Paul Audubon Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded more than 50 years ago. We are affiliated with the National Audubon Society. We work to preserve and protect the natural environment. We care about birds and other animals, including humans. All of our meetings and events are open to the public, and (except for multi-day tours and birdwatching classes) are free of charge. If you share our love for the beauty and wonder of nature, you are invited to take part in our events. And if you are concerned about the future of the natural world, please join us to help to make the world a better place for all creatures…

Upper Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society

Website

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at the Red Wing Conservation and Izaak Walton Chapter 16 club house: 1010 East 5th st. Red Wing, Mn.

Wild River Audubon Society

Website

Wild River Audubon Society was founded in 1953. We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society, whose mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Wild River Audubon focuses on the ecosystem of the Wild River ecosystem of East central Minnesota…

Zumbro Valley Audubon Society

Website

Serving Olmsted and surrounding counties in South-eastern Minnesota - Based out of Rochester, Minnesota…

Observatories

Hawk Ride Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

Satellite View

The mission of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the Western Lake Superior Region through research, education, and stewardship.

Museums

Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota

http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/

The Raptor Center is an international medical facility for birds of prey. Our mission is to preserve biological diversity among raptors and other avian species through medical treatment, scientific investigation, education, and management of wild populations.

Reserves

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve

Website

Satellite View

Hawk Ridge is now known as one of the major sites for observation of raptor migration. Visitors come from all over the world in the fall. Indeed, our guest register has entries from thousands of visitors who have come from all 50 states and from over 40 foreign countries…

Minnesota Valley NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

Birdwatchers will want to take advantage of the myriad wildlife viewing opportunities at any of the numerous units of the Refuge…

North Woods Audubon Center

Facebook Page

Satellite View

The Audubon Center of the North Woods is a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center (RELC), a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and conference & retreat center nestled on the shores of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN in east-central Minnesota. Our diverse 535-acre sanctuary includes a variety of habitats, including old-growth red and white pines, hardwood forests, restored wetlands and prairies

Pine to Prairie Birding Trail

Website

Welcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds…

River Bend Nature Centre

Website

Satellite View

River Bend Nature Centre is an 80-acre private nature centre in Racine. The grounds feature mainly floodplain forest and some upland forest, complemented by about four miles of mulched trails and boardwalks. The trails also include a bird blind and a hexagonal pavilion with a hearth.

Rydell NWR

Webpage

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Here at the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Minnesota, we have a very accessible trail system and facilities. We have 5 miles of paved trails with a very shallow grade, as well as a fishing pier that is wheelchair accessible…

Springbrook Nature Center

Website

Satellite View

Springbrook Nature Center. A wonderful way to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Welcome to the Springbrook Nature Center web site. Our web site is updated weekly -visit us often!

Three Rivers Park District

Website

Satellite View

At the Park District's three nature centers and select visitor centers, visitors can explore nature trails, join naturalist-led programs, view animals indoors and outside, discover interactive exhibits and check out self-guided adventures…

Voyageurs National Park

Webpage

Satellite View

Voyageurs National Park, on the Minnesota-Ontario border, is beloved by campers, canoeists, kayakers, hikers, and especially, bird-watchers. Its solitude offers a relatively undisturbed habitat, and its unusually varied ecosystem-the open water of large lakes, wetlands, and upland forests-provides a unique home for its bird population. Indeed, Voyageurs encompasses some of the greatest diversity of bird life in North America with over one hundred species known to breed within the park and even more nonbreeding visitors… [It can only navigated by hiking and canoe]

Wetlands, Pines and Prairie Audubon Sanctuary

Website

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An Environmental Education Center Located in Northwestern Minnesota. Operated by Agassiz Audubon Society. The Sanctuary consists of 800 acres of wildlife habitat. Its diverse landscape includes a blend of tree plantings, trails, observation overlooks, and wetlands and waterways. Part of an erosion-prone sand ridge (an ancient beach from glacial Lake Agassiz) has been planted to trees and shrubs. Native prairies have been restored and have effectively displaced weeds on retired farm fields…

Blogs

A Boy Who Cried Heron

Blog

…and started a three-generation birding adventure - Over the last couple years whenever my wife or I spotted a pretty bird out the window, like a cardinal or an oriole, we always reacted excitedly and pointed it out to our son, Evan, who is now 5. While our enthusiasm faded over time, his never did. When gold finches would cover the thistle feeder day after day, they just became part of the background. Not to Evan. Each day he saw one was like the very first time – sheer excitement…

Al Batt

Blog

Al Batt of rural Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al, who was born and raised on a farm near Hartland, lives in the Batt Cave with his wife Gail. Al writes three weekly humor and nature columns for many newspapers, and does a regular radio show about nature on a number of radio stations…

BirdChick

Blog

The official website of Sharon Stiteler - a sort of BLOG+ for this local personality…

CabinGirl

Blog

Birds, dragonflies, and other wildlife and nature discoveries from Minnesota. I've combined my professional skills (PR) with my love of natural science as the PR Director for the Wildlife Rehab Center of Minn. I split my time between The Cities and living off the grid outside of Hovland, Minn. - just south of Canada with my very own Mountain Man, 2 large dogs and surrounded by nature. Life is good…

Craig K Marble - Craig's Birds

Blog

Birding & photography of Minnesota birds…

Ecobirder

Blog

BLOG from St Paul…

Hasty Brook

Blog

Minnesota birding mostly at Lynne's little bit of heaven - hasty brook…

Ivar's Birds

Blog

This blog describes the portion of my life devoted to birds and photography…

Minnesota Birdnerd

Blog

News and views of birds in the upper midwest, especially Minnesota…

Nebraska Birding

Blog

Derek Bakken's blog about birds and bird books…

Penelopedia: Nature & Garden in Northfield, MN

Blog

Penelopedia is about birdwatching and other encounters with wildlife … nature, weather and phenology … and local food, sustainable agriculture and gardening. Welcome…

Twin Beaks

Blog

The first blog by birds for birds… although I suspect that Laura Erickson has a hand in it…

Other Links

Birding Olmsted County

Website

Where to find birds by county.

Bob Ekblad's Birding Minnesota

Website

Birding Hot Spots in the County (with maps); Bird Abundance (bar chart) List, Big Day and CBC results, local birders & organisations and links to related web pages…

Minnesota Birding Weekends

Website

Minnesota Birding Weekends & Weeks (MBW), as it begins its 32nd season, continues to offer unique, modestly priced birding trips in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (we originated back in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). After 31 years, we have now had a total of 389 MBWeekends, more than 8,600 registrations, and a composite list of 363 species seen within the state – and note that our modest MBWeekend fees are even lower than last season!

Pine To Prairie Birding Trail

Website

Welcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz); calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. Most of the sites are on public land or private reserves open to the public. There are not facilities at all sites.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Matt Johnson

Gallery

Superb bird portraits…

Gallery - Latham Studios

Gallery

The images are available as limited edition prints. Please email us if you have any questions! Some very beautiful paintings.

Photographer - Mike Lentz Images

Gallery

Birds & Wildlife Images…