Birding

Grab your binoculars, birding book and other gear

and make your way to the 4th Annual




May 2-4, 2014

 

We can't wait to see you there! 


View/print the schedule of events and registration form


View the birder's directory of area businesses


View/print the Birding Festival Bird Checklist


View/print the Birding Festival Map


For the kiddos: A South Dakota Birding Festival coloring page


New this year: A South Dakota Birding Festival T-shirt

Order by April 14th using the above registration form.

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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-wil, 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.