Birding Checklists

Blue Jay, Sara Giles/USFWS

Blue jays are just one of over 200 species of birds known to use Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, photo by Sara Giles/USFWS.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Birding

Every birdwatcher has unique knowledge and experience. Through the work of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can help gather this information in the form of checklists of birds, data archives, and sharing. Through their app and website, eBird, they have developed tools that make birding more rewarding. From being able to manage lists, photos and audio recordings, to seeing real-time maps of species distribution, to alerts that let you know when species have been seen, you can discover the most current and useful information to the birding community.  You can also search an illustrated list of birds found on the Refuge on their website!

Looking for recent sightings at Refuge birding hotspots? 

Long Meadow Lake Unit

Black Dog Unit

Bloomington Ferry Unit

Wilkie Unit

Upgrala Unit

Chaska Unit

Louisville Swamp Unit

Rapids Lake Unit

*Please note that we do not control the content or policies of eBird or Google, which you may visit when accessing parts of the tables above. You should always check site policies before providing any personal information or reusing content.  If lists are blank, the hotspot has not had a recent visit, and you can help others by contributing a new list when you go birding!

eBird is created and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with National Audubon to gather information on bird sightings. Anyone can contribute bird sightings to eBird and sightings from the Refuge will appear here within 15 minutes. It also enables you to find out which birds are being reported and where. These observation records become part of an online checklist program that scientists and birders with internet access can use to review bird observation information from specific locations across North America, including many National Wildlife Refuges.


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