Birding at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular wildlife viewing! Whether you visit to watch the courtship rituals of Western Grebes, feeding rafts of White Pelicans, or to listen to the calls of Snow Geese, wildlife at its best awaits you on Sand Lake. Hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and other migratory birds rest and feed on Sand Lake during the spring and fall migrations.
Sand Lake also hosts the world's largest nesting colony of Franklin's Gulls. From May to September, a wide variety of birds and mammals abound in this prairie marsh ecosystem.
Click here to download a brochure featuring South Dakota Glacial Lakes and Prairies Birding Trail (1.36 MB) of northeastern South Dakota.
Watch spectacular amature bird videos at The Internet Bird Collection, an on-line audiovisual library of the world's birds that is available to the general public free of charge.
Visit eBird for current, public observations of birds spotted at the Sand Lake NWR.