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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 ND Birding Society Information about spring and fall ﬁ eld 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 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 signiﬁ cant 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 Mofﬁ t 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/ 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 ref uge 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/ BIRDING RESOURCES 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 Review and print state, refuge and national bird checklists found at www.npwrc.usgs.gov/ resource/othrdata/chekbird/ r6/38.htm Anna Meidinger 1-800-435-5663 NDtourism.com 37 Outdoor 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.
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