Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Due to the unique transition zone of three ecosystems located within our County, bird watchers enjoy their hobby here observing some 250 different species of birds. Bring your binoculars and camera along and marvel at our variety of feathered friends.

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Explore and locate Bird Watching opportunities in our County using our interactive recreation map.

Greenwater Lake SNA
Features:
This is an 815 acre SNA (Scientific & Natural Area). Greenwater Lake is a pristine, spring fed lake with an undeveloped shoreline. The site contains surrounding hills covered with a mixed forest of aspen and birch. Visit the MN DNR Greenwater Lake SNA page for more information.
Birds to look for:
22 types of Warblers, Thrushes, Sparrows, Grouse, Sora, Common Yellowthroats, Swamp Sparrows, Sedge Wrens, Wilson's Snipe, raptors, numerous woodland birds.
Contact Information:
MN-DNR, Wildlife
14583 Co. Hwy. 19
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7121
(218) 846-8374
Birding Info: Greenwater Lake SNA Bird List

The Pine to Prairie Birding Trail [trail map] is a popular and internationally known birding trail that passes through Becker County. The trail highlights our diverse collection of habitats here in Nortwestern Minnesota that offers homes for an immense variety of birds. Although the trail is over 200 miles long and contains 45 distinct birding destinations, our County is fortunate to contain 5 birding 'hotspots' popular with birders of all experience levels.

Helliksen Prairie Waterfowl Production Area
Features:
This is a 1372 acre native tall grass prairie with numerous 'prairie pothole' wetlands. The area is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Birds to look for:
Waterfowl, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Sedge and Marsh Wren, prairie sparrows.
Contact Information:
Detroit Lakes Wetlands Management District
26624 N. Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 847-4431
detroitlakes@fws.og
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/detroitlakes
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Info: Helliksen Prairie Waterfowl Production Area
Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Features:
This 3,200 acre USFWS refuge was established in 1989. The refuge features the prairie wetland ecosystem and is located in the prairie-hardwood transition zone.
Birds to look for:
Waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Common Goldeneye and Ruddy Duck. Shorebirds when marshes are in drawdown, Snowy Owl (winter only), Sedge and Marsh Wrens, grassland sparrows, Bobolink and Yellow-headed Blackbird. Rarities seen include Cattle Egret and Piping Plover.
Contact Information:
Hamden Slough NWR
21212 210th St.
Audubon, MN 56511
(218) 439-6319
hamdenslough@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/hamdenslough
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Info: Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Features:
Close to 43,000 acres. Prairie, bogs, hardwoods and pine forests. The refuge has an interpretive center, hiking trails, auto tour routes as well as boating available on refuge lakes and ponds. Managed by the USFWS.
Birds to look for:
Common Loon; Trumpeter Swan; Wood Duck; Bald Eagle; Red-shouldered and Broadwinged Hawks; Peregrine Falcon; Ruffed Grouse; American Woodcock; Winter, Sedge and Marsh Wrens; many neotropical migrants including 25 species of warblers possible in mid-May. Rarities seen include: White-winged Scoter; Great Gray Owl; Black-backed Woodpecker; Boreal Chickadee; Townsend’s Solitaire; Northern Mockingbird; Cerulean Warbler and Spotted Towhee.
Contact Information:
Tamarac NWR
35704 Co. Hwy. 26
Rochert, MN 56578
(218) 847-2641
tamarac@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Info: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Detroit Lakes Wetlands Management District - Marsh Trail & Boardwalk
Features:
Cattail marsh; wetlands; prairie; tallgrass; Prairie Marsh Trail and boardwalk. Managed by the USFWS.
Birds to look for:
Waterfowl including Trumpeter Swan and Canada Geese; Northern Harrier; Common Nighthawk; woodpeckers; flycatchers; Sedge Wren; Eastern Bluebird; prairie sparrows; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Baltimore Oriole; finches and osprey. An active osprey nest can be viewed from the Prairie Marsh Trail.
Contact Information:
Detroit Lakes Wetlands Management District
26624 N. Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 847-4431
detroitlakes@fws.og
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/detroitlakes
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Info: D.L. Wetlands Mngmt District - Marsh Trail & Boardwalk
Dunton Locks County Park
Features:
County park located 2-1/2 miles south of Detroit Lakes. There are hiking and bike trails in the park as well as two picnic shelters. A wonderful feature is a restored waterway between Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie. The Detroit Lakes DNR office is located adjacent to this county park.
Birds to look for:
Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, waterfowl, woodpeckers, vireos, warblers and finches.
Contact Information:
Becker County Parks and Recreation
200 State Street E.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 846-2612
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Info: Dunton Locks County Park
 
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