You don't want to waste any time in birders' paradise - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. More than 275 species of birds are found 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 22nd annual Festival of Birds will be held May 15-18, 2019 featuring humorist and story teller Al Batt, Carrol Henderson's recounting of the Peregrine Falcon restoration and Lyanda Haupt reveals the connections between humans and the wild, natural world through her latest book Mozart's Starling. Back for the second year, the Thursday evening social with birding by pontoon on Detroit Lake. See the 2019 program with schedule of events and register online.
Wednesday, May 15:
Registration at Chamber of Commerce
"The Return of the Peregrine Falcon" by Carrol Henderson at Maplelag Resort
Thursday, May 16:
Hotspot maps to bird on your own; Registration at Chamber Office
10 am-2 pm: Bus tour to Becker Pet, lunch at Hub 41, Forest Edge Gallery
4:30-7 pm: Social at Hub 41, Birding by Pontoon at City Beach
Friday, May 17:
Fieldtrips to North Ottawa Impoundment and Tamarac/Hamden Slough Refuges
"Birds Help us Tell our Stories" by Al Batt at Detroit Country Club
Saturday, May 18:
Fieldtrips to Blue Stem Prairie/Buffalo River State Park and Agassiz Refuge
Bazaar, exhibitors, book signing at M State College
"Mozart's Starling" by Lyanda Haupt at M State College
Festival attendees throughout the years have learned much about birds, wildlife and the environment through presenters such as John Fitzpatrick, John Marzluff, Joel Greenberg, Melissa Groo, 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, Jeb Barzen, Ernesto Reyes and Noah Strycker.
If you would like to receive future Festival of Birds programs and are not on the current mailing list, please contact us at dlchamber@VisitDetroitLakes.com or call toll free 800.542.3992. For updates, "like" us on facebook. See the list of recorded species below. Enjoy our small town hospitality while in Detroit Lakes, including several lodging options.
In recent years, birders have checked these species off their list: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut-collared Longspur, LeConte's and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Rock Wren, Golden-winged and Northern Parula Warblers, Alder Flycatcher and Black-backed Woodpecker.
Any time of year, we welcome you to check out several sites along the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail that are near Detroit Lakes. Download the Bird Checklist of 275 species along the trail below. For more birding opportunities in Minnesota, see the MOU website.
Everywhere you go in Detroit Lakes' bird paradise, you're guaranteed to see birds to check off your bird list. We welcome you to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Happy birding!