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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

Festival Of Birds in Detroit Lakes Minnesota

May 14-17, 2015

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 conifer forest ecosystems. Serious birders flock here each spring for the annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds.

The 18th annual Festival of Birds is scheduled for May 14-17, 2015 in Detroit Lakes, MN at a new registration headquarters, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Nestled in the woods just 3 miles east of Detroit Lakes, Detroit Mountain opened their new lodge in November 2014. It's the perfect nature setting for the Festival of Birds, with a view of the city from the second highest point in Becker County.

Paul Baicich and Carrol Henderson will kick off the release of their new book "Bird Feeding in America" at the festival! As well, the spring release of "Birds of MN State Parks" will be introduced by authors Bob Janssen and Carrol Henderson. Expert birder Doug Buri returns by demand to help you identify the many species of sparrows in his afternoon workshop. Talented nature photographerMelissa Groo travels from Ithaca, NY to share how she has captured photos of birds, elephants and other wildlife. Find out how Groo believes photographs aid in conservation of birds and their vital habitats. The featured species for 2015 is the Western Grebe, photo provided by Melissa Groo.

Festival attendees throughout the years have learned much about birds, wildlife and the environment through presenters such as John Fitzpatrick, John Marzluff, Joel Greenberg, Rosalind Renfrew, Sue Leaf, Drew Wheelan, Charlie Walcott, Richard Crossley, Scott Wiedensaul, David Sibley, Bill Thompson III, Laura Erickson, Don and Lillian Stokes, Kenn Kaufmann, Dr. Paul Johnsgard, Stan Tekiela, Dr. James Grier, Sharon Stiteler, Al Batt, Jeff Gordon, Joe Hautman and Jeb Barzen.

The Festival of Birds will offer plenty of field trips for birding, workshops for learning, and socials for meeting and making friends. Find out fascinating facts on bees and the latest updates on loon research at our free Saturday workshops. Check out the exhibitors, book signings and of course, lots of good food to keep you energized. We'll take you to new birding spots and return to some of your favorites. May 17-18 we travel to Manitoba, Canada for new sites to see several species of birds! Watch for the program with details and registration info.

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 -2014


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