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

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BIRDING DRIVES AND BIRDING TRAILS<br /> Birding Drives Dakota<br /> Steele, Carrington, Jamestown <br /> 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<br /> www.birdingdrives.com<br /> <br /> Birding Kulm<br /> Kulm<br /> 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<br /> www.kulmnd.com<br /> <br /> Birding on the Lewis & Clark Trail<br /> Williston<br /> 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<br /> www.visitwilliston.com<br /> <br /> Bismarck-Mandan Birding Drive<br /> Bismarck and Mandan<br /> 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<br /> www.bismarckmandancvb.com/birding<br /> <br /> Central Dakota Birding Drive<br /> Drake and Anamoose<br /> 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<br /> <br /> International Peace Garden<br /> Dunseith<br /> More than 100 species of songbirds have been identified in the Turtle Mountains.<br /> www.peacegarden.com 888-432-6733<br /> <br /> Lake Region Birding Trail<br /> Devils Lake<br /> 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<br /> http://tourism.devilslakend.com/?page_id=90<br /> <br /> Minot Birding<br /> Minot<br /> 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<br /> www.visitminot.org/visitors/<br /> <br /> BIRDING FESTIVALS<br /> See NDtourism.com for dates<br /> <br /> Turtle Mountain Birding Festival<br /> Bottineau<br /> 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<br /> <br /> Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival Carrington<br /> 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.<br /> www.birdingdrives.com 888-921-2473<br /> <br /> Sullys Hill Birding and Nature Festival<br /> Devils Lake<br /> 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<br /> www.sullyshillbirdfest.com<br /> <br /> Burke County Birding Festival<br /> Bowbells/Kenmare area<br /> 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<br /> www.burkecountynd.com<br /> <br /> Birding North Dakota<br /> 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<br /> <br /> ND Birding Society<br /> Information about spring and fall field trips, the annual meeting, state records, bird clubs in the state and more.<br /> www.ndbirdingsociety.com<br /> <br /> Northwest ND Birding Guide<br /> Site descriptions and detailed routes with stops that can be followed by vehicle odometer. 701-848-2722<br /> www.fws.gov/lostwood<br /> <br /> Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center <br /> Premier wildlife research center in the U.S. www.npwrc.usgs.gov 701-253-5500<br /> <br /> ND Game and Fish Department <br /> www.gf.nd.gov 701-328-6300<br /> <br /> WILDLIFE REFUGES<br /> Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge (J-18)<br /> 24 mi N of Jamestown<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/arrowwood/<br /> <br /> Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (H-11)<br /> 2.5 mi N, 1 mi E of Coleharbor <br /> 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.<br /> www.fws.gov/audubon/ 701-442-5474<br /> <br /> Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge (K-16)<br /> 15 mi NW of Medina<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/arrowwood/chaselake_NWR/<br /> <br /> Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (B-8)<br /> 1 mi W of Kenmare<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/jclarksalyer/deslacs/<br /> <br /> J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge (A-11 to D-13)<br /> 3 mi N of Upham<br /> 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.<br /> www.fws.gov/jclarksalyer 701-768-2548<br /> <br /> Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge (D-17)<br /> 18 mi NW of Devils Lake<br /> 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.<br /> www.fws.gov/lakealice/ 701-662-8611<br /> <br /> Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge (I-6)<br /> 5.5 mi E of jct hwys 200 and 22 near Killdeer <br /> 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.<br /> www.fws.gov/lakeilo/ 701-548-8110<br /> <br /> Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (L-14)<br /> 4 mi SE of Moffit<br /> Plan a late August visit to see large concentration of shore birds.<br /> www.fws.gov/longlake/ 701-387-4397<br /> <br /> Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge (C-7)<br /> 21 mi N of Stanley<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/lostwood/lnwr.htm<br /> <br /> Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (F-17)<br /> 13 mi S of Devils Lake<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/sullyshill/<br /> <br /> Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (O-22)<br /> 5 mi S of Cayuga<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/tewaukon/<br /> <br /> Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge (B-9 to D-9)<br /> 25 mi NW of Minot<br /> 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<br /> www.fws.gov/uppersouris/<br /> <br /> Add these birds to your lifetime list.<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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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