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Lakecrest Resort 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 Hamden Slough for a reservation to see the impressive Prairie Chicken matting ritual.  


Detroit Lakes Birding Hotline 1-800-433-1888
We are located in the middle of the Pine 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 Grosbeaks

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: Common Loon, American Bittern, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, 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

May 15-18, 2014

You don't want to waste any time in birders' paradise - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. More than 250 species of birds live in Becker County. Why? Because the Detroit Lakes area is in the heart of a transition zone of tall grass prairie, northern hardwood and coniferous ecosystems. Serious birders flock here each spring for the annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds.

Make plans to join us May 15-18, 2014 for the 17th annual Festival of Birds. See the online program and register online under a secure server.

The festival will be kicked off by observing the Passenger Pigeon Centennial with author Joel Greenberg at Maplelag Resort. Learn how 3-5 billion birds were brought to extinction in a few decades by human exploitation and the film project underway that will document this story.

A festival favorite - Carrol Henderson, will share Wildlife Photography tips in his workshop Thursday, May 15. Henderson has had more than 1000 photos published in his own publications as well as Audubon, the New York Times, Wild Bird and BirdWatching magazines. Learn from the pro how to improve your photography skills!

What was Minnesota like for the father of MN ornithology, Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858–1946) during his life in bird work? Author Sue Leaf will explore this bird lover's contributions from the first full biography of Roberts, A Love Affair with Birds: the life of Thomas Sadler Roberts.

Where do Bobolinks migrate to after they leave our grasslands in the summer? Dr. Rosalind Renfrew will explain the distance these birds fly and help us discover the other side of their life in her presentation "The double life of the Bobolink: A new conservation paradigm." We'll learn new ways biologists are seeking to tackle conservation challenges.

Besides field trip favorites to see the birds of the three ecosystems, look for new locations. Offered for the first time, be sure to get your spot in the blind on the Greater Prairie Chicken blind tour at four locations throughout the prairies!

Beat the early bird registration deadline and you might win a free pair of binocs from Eagle Optics!

During the 16th annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, 177 species were recorded on fieldtrips. The Friday, May 17 fieldtrip to the Mahnomen area netted 118 species, including a festival first - the Lapland Longspur! The premier two-day Great North American Birding Tour along the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail to Manitoba totalled 108 species. Of particular interest were Red-breasted Mergansers, great numbers of Canvasbacks, Willet, Ruddy Duck, Horned Grebe and Chestnut-collared Longspur. See the 2013 Festival of Birds checklist below.

Fieldtrips loaded with over 190 species sighted in previous years  * Visit
Tamarac & Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuges, Itasca State Park,
For more information on the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, as well as other area attractions, contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Here is a list of birds sighted from 2000 -2013  

Here is a Species Checklist

Area Birding Locations
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, 18 miles

Hamden Slough, 8 miles

Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District  3 miles

Dunton Locks Great Blue Heron Rookery, 3 miles

Maplewood State Park, 36 miles

 Itasca State Park, 62 miles

Buffalo River State Park  30 miles

Felton, Waubun, Helliksen Prairies  50 miles

Rothsay Wildlife Management Area 43 miles