North Dakota Travel Guide 2012 : Page-36

Birding Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor, Jim Gallop BIRDING DRIVES AND BIRDING TRAILS Birding Drives Dakota Steele, Carrington, Jamestown One of the Top 10 Birding Hotspots in North America. Remarkable region features Chase Lake, Slade and Long Lake national wildlife refuges. 888-921-2473 www.birdingdrives.com Birding Kulm Kulm Day-to-day sightings and photos are recorded for this impressive birding area adjacent to the eastern ridge of the Missouri Coteau on its website. 701-647-2451 www.kulmnd.com Birding on the Lewis & Clark Trail Williston Contact the Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau for a copy of its birding brochure with a checklist of common birds found in the region and an easy-to-follow map of paved roads leading to the area’s many birding sites. 800-615-9041/701-774-9041 www.visitwilliston.com Outdoor Bismarck-Mandan Birding Drive Bismarck and Mandan Three impressive birding routes radiate from the Bismarck-Mandan area, leading to the best birding sites in the Missouri River Valley. 800-767-3555/701-222-4308 www.bismarckmandancvb.com/birding Central Dakota Birding Drive Drake and Anamoose More than 300 species can be seen on three routes along the Souris and Sheyenne rivers to birding sites like Lone Tree Wildlife Area and Wintering River National Wildlife Refuge. 701-465-3825 International Peace Garden Dunseith More than 100 species of songbirds have been identifi ed in the Turtle Mountains. www.peacegarden.com 888-432-6733 Lake Region Birding Trail Devils Lake The trail includes portions of 5 counties with 11 featured sites within national wildlife refuges, state parks, waterfowl production areas and a county park. See Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, often called the everglades of the prairies. 800-233-8048 http://tourism.devilslakend.com/?page_id=90 Minot Birding Minot Five exceptional national wildlife refuges are just short drives away from Minot, including Audubon, J. Clark Salyer, Lostwood, Upper Souris and Des Lacs refuges. 800-264-2626/701-857-8206 www.visitminot.org/visitors/ 36 1-800-435-5663 NDtourism.com

Outdoor - Birding

BIRDING DRIVES AND BIRDING TRAILS
Birding Drives Dakota
Steele, Carrington, Jamestown
One of the Top 10 Birding Hotspots in North America. Remarkable region features Chase Lake, Slade and Long Lake national wildlife refuges. 888-921-2473
www.birdingdrives.com

Birding Kulm
Kulm
Day-to-day sightings and photos are recorded for this impressive birding area adjacent to the eastern ridge of the Missouri Coteau on its website. 701-647-2451
www.kulmnd.com

Birding on the Lewis & Clark Trail
Williston
Contact the Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau for a copy of its birding brochure with a checklist of common birds found in the region and an easy-to-follow map of paved roads leading to the area’s many birding sites. 800-615-9041/701-774-9041
www.visitwilliston.com

Bismarck-Mandan Birding Drive
Bismarck and Mandan
Three impressive birding routes radiate from the Bismarck-Mandan area, leading to the best birding sites in the Missouri River Valley. 800-767-3555/701-222-4308
www.bismarckmandancvb.com/birding

Central Dakota Birding Drive
Drake and Anamoose
More than 300 species can be seen on three routes along the Souris and Sheyenne rivers to birding sites like Lone Tree Wildlife Area and Wintering River National Wildlife Refuge. 701-465-3825

International Peace Garden
Dunseith
More than 100 species of songbirds have been identified in the Turtle Mountains.
www.peacegarden.com 888-432-6733

Lake Region Birding Trail
Devils Lake
The trail includes portions of 5 counties with 11 featured sites within national wildlife refuges, state parks, waterfowl production areas and a county park. See Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, often called the everglades of the prairies. 800-233-8048
http://tourism.devilslakend.com/?page_id=90

Minot Birding
Minot
Five exceptional national wildlife refuges are just short drives away from Minot, including Audubon, J. Clark Salyer, Lostwood, Upper Souris and Des Lacs refuges. 800-264-2626/701-857-8206
www.visitminot.org/visitors/

BIRDING FESTIVALS
See NDtourism.com for dates

Turtle Mountain Birding Festival
Bottineau
From prairies and wetlands complexes to the woodlands and lakes country of the Turtle Mountains, just south of Canada. The festival takes advantage of the end of spring migration when 25 species of warblers can be present. 888-918-5623

Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival Carrington
Bus trips to three prime birding locations – Arrowwood and Chase Lake national wildlife refuges and Horsehead Lake. ND birding experts provide seminars on identifi cation, photography and other birding-related topics, and a nationally recognized keynote speaker.
www.birdingdrives.com 888-921-2473

Sullys Hill Birding and Nature Festival
Devils Lake
Attend an array of seminars. Take guided birding trips to Sullys Hill and Lake Alice national wildlife refuges, enjoy a birding walk, nature walks or a hay ride through Sullys Hill during this celebration of migratory birds and other wildlife. 701-766-4272
www.sullyshillbirdfest.com

Burke County Birding Festival
Bowbells/Kenmare area
Guided birding tours and prairie walks, entertainment, family events, food and more at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge. Birds seen at LNWR include the Grasshopper sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, Baird’s sparrow and Piping plover. 701-377-5627
www.burkecountynd.com

Birding North Dakota
Publication features 63 of the state’s top birding locations, with detailed maps, a description of each site and birds of interest. Contact the ND Game and Fish Department for a free copy. 701-328-6300

ND Birding Society
Information about spring and fall field trips, the annual meeting, state records, bird clubs in the state and more.
www.ndbirdingsociety.com

Northwest ND Birding Guide
Site descriptions and detailed routes with stops that can be followed by vehicle odometer. 701-848-2722
www.fws.gov/lostwood

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Premier wildlife research center in the U.S. www.npwrc.usgs.gov 701-253-5500

ND Game and Fish Department
www.gf.nd.gov 701-328-6300

WILDLIFE REFUGES
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge (J-18)
24 mi N of Jamestown
The refuge is perhaps the most developed in the state, encompassing nearly 20 miles of the James River. More than 250 species of birds are found here. New visitor center opened in 2011. 701-285-3341
www.fws.gov/arrowwood/

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (H-11)
2.5 mi N, 1 mi E of Coleharbor
The refuge has a bird list of 221 species, many of which can be seen on an eight-mile auto tour route along Lake Audubon, and a one-mile interpretive walking trail. New visitor center opened in 2011.
www.fws.gov/audubon/ 701-442-5474

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge (K-16)
15 mi NW of Medina
Consisting of nearly 4,400 acres. It is home to one of the largest white pelican breeding colonies in North America. All vehicle use is prohibited. 701-752-4218
www.fws.gov/arrowwood/chaselake_NWR/

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (B-8)
1 mi W of Kenmare
With more than 19,500 acres, this refuge is a haven for migrating and nesting waterfowl and marsh birds. Named one of America’s Top 500 Globally Important Bird Areas. 701-385-4046
www.fws.gov/jclarksalyer/deslacs/

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge (A-11 to D-13)
3 mi N of Upham
ND’s largest developed refuge, this Mouse (Souris) River bottomland consists of nearly 59,000 acres and has a 22-mile auto tour covering marshes, wooded river bottoms and sandhills. New visitor center opened in 2011.
www.fws.gov/jclarksalyer 701-768-2548

Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge (D-17)
18 mi NW of Devils Lake
Major waterfowl concentration point during spring and fall migrations, as well as a significant breeding area for wetland wildlife. Tens of thousands of snow geese, Canada geese, sandhill cranes and ducks use the lake and surrounding lands each year.
www.fws.gov/lakealice/ 701-662-8611

Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge (I-6)
5.5 mi E of jct hwys 200 and 22 near Killdeer
An oasis for waterfowl and shorebirds in a lake/wetland complex. It is a great place to see Canada geese, snow geese, ducks, piping plover, blue heron and bald eagles.
www.fws.gov/lakeilo/ 701-548-8110

Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (L-14)
4 mi SE of Moffit
Plan a late August visit to see large concentration of shore birds.
www.fws.gov/longlake/ 701-387-4397

Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge (C-7)
21 mi N of Stanley
In the highly productive prairie pothole region, this refuge produces more ducks than any other region in the lower 48 states. Named one of America’s Top 500 Globally Important Bird Areas. 701-848-2722
www.fws.gov/lostwood/lnwr.htm

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (F-17)
13 mi S of Devils Lake
On the south shore of Devils Lake, this national game preserve offers visitors one of the best opportunities for viewing American bison, elk, white-tailed deer, prairie dogs and 269 species of birds. 701-662-8611/701-766-4272
www.fws.gov/sullyshill/

Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (O-22)
5 mi S of Cayuga
A haven for waterfowl migrating through southeastern ND, it features a 6.5-mile auto tour route and 3-mile walking trail. The refuge has 243 bird species. 701-724-3598
www.fws.gov/tewaukon/

Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge (B-9 to D-9)
25 mi NW of Minot
This 32,000-acre refuge is an important unit in a series of national wildlife refuges in the great waterfowl migration corridor known as the Central Flyway. 701-468-5467
www.fws.gov/uppersouris/

Add these birds to your lifetime list.
The 370 species making the ND Birdwatchers’ Checklist include Baird’s sparrow, Le Conte’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, Piping plover, Ferruginous hawk, Least tern, Upland sandpiper, Chestnut-collared longspur, Bobolinks and Prairie chicken.

Review and print state, refuge and national bird checklists found at www.npwrc.usgs.gov/ resource/othrdata/chekbird/ r6/38.htm

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