is a great place for bird watching!
Enjoy the diversity of birding sites in Detroit
Lakes while stayng at Lakecrest Resort. Enjoy our off season
rates, specials and senior discounts. We are in the heart of
a transition zone were several ecosystems meet including northern
hardwoods, tall grass, aspen parkland, and boreal forest. This
unique area provides habitat for over 250 bird species. Call
for a reservation to see the impressive Prairie Chicken
Birding Hotline 1-800-433-1888
We are located in the middle of the
to Prairie Birding Trail which features 43 birding
hotspots. You can check out their web site by clicking above.
Some of the unique "lifers" you can see here include
the Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken,
Yellow Rail, American Woodcock, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl,
Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers,
Boreal Chickadee, Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning
Warblers, Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening
During peak migration you can see 20 species of waterfowl and 25 species
of warblers, along with a whole host of other birds near and around Detroit Lakes. Some
"favorites" that stay for the summer breeding season include:
American Bittern, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Osprey, Bald Eagle,
American Woodcock, Barred Owl, Northern Saw-Whet owl, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Martin, Winter Wren, Eastern
Bluebird, Hermit and Wood Thrushes, 15 Warbler species and scarlet tanager, to name a few.
Detroit Lakes Birding Festival
16th annual Festival of Birds will be held in Detroit Lakes
May 16-19, 2013.
The festival kicks off Thursday, May 16 with a festival
favorite - Carrol Henderson! Through recent studies,
Carrol will enlighten us about what effect the Gulf oil spill has had on
migrating birds such as the Common Loon.
you'll learn how priceless photos are captured from Robert
Taylor of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Robert has photographed birds
for over a half century and you'll hear how equipment has changed
over the years and how this professional photographer, naturalist and
writer has been able to get those incredible photos!
evening keynote will emphasize the vital roles that birds continue to
play in fostering conservation of worldwide biological diversity in his
presentation, "Discovering How Birds can save the World." John
W. Fitzpatrick is the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY and had a bird species
discovered in 2012 in Peru named in his honor.
Fieldtrips loaded with over 190 species sighted in previous years *
Tamarac & Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuges, Itasca State
For more information on the
Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, as well as other area attractions, contact the
Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
is a list of birds sighted from 2000 -2012
is a Species Checklist
Area Birding Locations
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge,
Lakes Wetland Management District 3 miles
Locks Great Blue Heron Rookery, 3 miles
Park, 36 miles
Itasca State Park,
River State Park 30 miles
Waubun, Helliksen Prairies
Wildlife Management Area 43 miles