2021 Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds
The 23rd Annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds will be on May 20-22, 2021. The Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds is a celebration of migration in Minnesota’s unique transition zone of tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests, and wetlands. Includes: presentations, socials, and morning field trips; Friday and Saturday night keynotes; Wednesday evening show at Holmes Theatre; and Thursday social.
Carrol Henderson will return with a presentation on Hummingbirds of the Americas. He has photographed more than 100 species to share their amazing life history, flight and adaptations to life in the fast lane. Ready for a humorous encore? Humorist Al Batt returns to the festival on Friday evening. Neil Hayward shares his 2013 Big Year on Saturday night. Hayward traveled nearly 250,000 miles to rack up a new ABA record of 749 species. Hear about exotic birds and remote places with an entertaining twist! Greg Hoch presents a Saturday workshop on the Wood Duck and will sign his book With Wings Extended: A Leap into the Wood Duck’s World. On Saturday, learn about the SPRUCE project in a presentation by John Latimer. Researchers are simulating climate change to see the effects on trees, peatland and other habitat. There are alarming results only a few years into the project.
Birding by Pontoon returns Thursday evening as well as some new field trip sites on Friday and Saturday morning.
A total of 165 species were recorded during the 2019 festival. The field trip to North Ottawa lead the way with 108 species, followed by 104 at Hamden Slough and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuges on Friday. Windy, rainy weather slowed the count on Saturday, even so stops at Agassiz Refuge resulted in 97 species including looks at the Prothonotary Warbler! A total of 79 species were recorded at Blue Stem Prairie and Buffalo River.
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, Noah Strycker and Lyanda Haupt.
To receive future Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds programs and are not on the current mailing list, contact us at dlchamber@VisitDetroitLakes.com or call toll free 800.542.3992. For updates, “like” us on facebook. Enjoy Denison, Minnesota’s small town hospitality while in Detroit Lakes.
In recent years, birders have been able to check 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.
You are welcome any time of year to check out several sites along the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail that are near Detroit Lakes. For more birding opportunities in Minnesota, see the MOU Website.
Location & Contact
Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
700 Summit Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Contact: Phone 218-847-9202 | Email: dlchamber@VisitDetroitLakes.com
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About The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber, with 450 members, works together to ensure the economic well-being of the Detroit Lakes region. We are committed to our members; business, community and tourism development; and our region’s quality of life.Visit Detroit Lakes Website
About Detroit Lakes Birdwatching
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is located in a transition zone of tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests and a landscape peppered with wetlands and lakes. In a small geographic area, birders may find 275 species of birds. Great numbers of woodland warblers may be located right next to a plentiful array of prairie sparrows or vast numbers of shorebirds. Mid-May birding is a spectacular for birders. Grab your binoculars and field guides and join the morning fieldtrips, educational workshops and evening presentations/socials at the annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds. Visit Detroit Lakes Website
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in May!
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