Minnesota Valley NWR - Experience the Waterfowl Migration

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We’ll be hearing more honks and quacking as waterfowl make their way back to their breeding grounds. With marshes, lakes, rivers and wetlands, the refuge is an attractive stop for migrating waterfowl. Make a visit to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to view the surge of these feathered visitors. 

Waterfowl to View: 

  • Geese – Canada Goose 

  • Swans – Trumpeter Swan 

  • Ducks – Wood Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Ruck

  • Mergansers – Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser 

Places to Visit 

Refuge Resources 

If you would like more guidance to identify birds, our partner, Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter provides bird walks suited for beginners. Register for an upcoming birdwatching trek this spring. 

Need equipment to further your experience? Visit the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center or Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center open on Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. to borrow binoculars, field guides or to grab a birding checklist! 


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Migratory birds

Recreational Activities