Mark your calendars!
The 7th Annual
at Fort Randall
will be held on May 5-7th, 2017
For more information on the SD Birding Festival, check out the following links or call 605-487-7603.
View/print the Birding Festival bird checklist *2016 list of birds*
View/print the Birding Festival bird checklist *2011-2015 list of birds*
What to wear: Wear comfortable, waterproof/resistant boots or shoes. Also it is recommended that birders dress in layers, as the weather can vary from cold (mornings) to much warmer (midday).
Activities include: Birding experts & speakers, bird identification, bird banding, guided field trips, and children's activities.
A note of interest: This is the only time that the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, located by the Fort Randall Dam, is open to the public.
What will you SEE and HEAR?
With birding you never know what you might find. One highlight of a previous festival was a Western Grebe paired with a Clark's Grebe. Clark's Grebes are rare enough, but to see one paired with a Western Grebe was very special. A Least Bittern was seen and photographed when it "froze" mere feet from the edge of the walking path. Many more were heard out in the marsh.
Adult Bald Eagles and their eaglets were photographed and observed at their nest. Some of the other cool birds found included: Green Heron, Hooded Merganser, Stilt Sandpiper, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Screech-Owl, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and Bobolink.
For more information please contact the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge at 605-487-7603.