Festival of Birds Registration

Welcome to the 25th annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds! Whether you’re a beginner or experienced birder, or somewhere in between, the Festival of Birds has something for you! You’re invited to join us May 19-21, 2022. Detroit Lakes is located in a convergence of three unique biomes – tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests and a landscape peppered with lakes and wetlands. The Detroit Lakes area is a migration hotspot with more than 250 species of birds! Our festival goal is to provide you with a quality birding experience.

REGISTER EARLY: Register by May 6 to be included in a drawing for an 8 x 42 Crossfire HD binocular from Vortex. Registration for the festival closes at Noon (central time) on May 13, 2022. Cancellations must be made by 4:00 pm on May 13, with the registration event fee of $10.00 (one day) or $15.00 (multiple days) non-refundable. To receive updates on the festival, please include your e-mail address; we do not share your address with outside parties. See information on Detroit Lakes’ lodging and dining options while in the area for birding.

REGISTRATION: Pick up your welcome packets and register Wednesday-Friday, May 18-20 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 700 Summit Avenue. Also register 5:15 am-5:45 am Saturday morning at M State College’s western parking lot, as well as 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Saturday at M State College.

FIELD TRIP NOTES: Field trips will be guided by field trip leaders and a naturalist. Spring temperatures may vary from 70’s to 30’s, so bring layered clothing and waterproof footwear/outerwear. No field trips will be cancelled unless weather is severe. No refunds will be issued for cancelled field trips, or for speakers who are unable to deliver their presentation due to an emergency. Please read the field trip descriptions to find those most suitable for your mobility. Maps will be available at the Chamber office for field trip and evening presentation locations as well as birding hotspots.

Find detailed information by downloading the Festival Program on this site.