Wildlife Refuge north of Detroit Lakes,
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in
Erskine and Agassiz National Wildlife
Refuge near Thief River Falls all have
sta; on hand to point visitors in the
The Tamarac Refuge is home to 30
nesting pairs of trumpeter swans,
which have nearly 100 babies annually.
Visitors can see the swans as well as
ring-necked and other ducks from
Birders interested in spo;ing more
distinctive species should head to the
north end of the trail, says Beneke,
where the great gray owl, three-toed
and black-backed woodpeckers, and
more than 20 species of warblers reside
in the boreal forest. South of Detroit
Lakes, prairie chickens, short-eared
owls and prairie sparrows are among
Dawn and dusk are the best times to
spot the most birds, since this is when
they are active and looking for food.
Birders should come prepared with
binoculars, cameras, insect repellent,
good walking shoes and a field guide.
Smartphone apps are available to help
identify birds by picture and by song.
“Be flexible, be adventurous, get
o; the beaten track, be observant
and enjoy the landscape,” adds Blane
Kemek, Detroit Lakes area wildlife
supervisor for the DNR.
For trail maps, a bird checklist and
mnbirdtrail.com, which also
posts a weekly report of bird sightings.
Sign up for monthly birding updates at
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