Birding

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

The refuge's 14,000 acres include prairies, woodlands, marshes, forests, savannas, and lakes that attract many types of shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds to the refuge as a stopover on their migration route between their breeding grounds further north and their wintering areas in the south. Annually over 200 species of birds can be found at the refuge, with over 100 species nesting here.

eBird maintains a beautiful illustrated checklist for the refuge on their website.

Long Meadow Lake Unit

Black Dog Unit

Bloomington Ferry Unit

Wilkie Unit

Upgrala Unit

Chaska Unit

Louisville Swamp Unit

Rapids Lake Unit

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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.