Birding North Dakota

North Dakota features more national wildlife refuges—63—than any other state! Situated in the westernmost portion of the Central Flyway, North Dakota is an ideal spring migration destination, affording visitors astonishing looks at waterfowl by the hundreds of thousands. The unique landscape of North Dakota also tempts visiting birders with amazing sparrows (Baird’s, grasshopper, and LeConte, for example) and the much sought-after Sprague’s pipit and sharp-tailed grouse. Be sure to check out the area around Jamestown along I-94, including its hiking and biking trails, two lakes, an Audubon Society wildlife sanctuary, not to mention proximity to Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge. For birders looking to explore an uncongested, birdy state, North Dakota is a must!

  • North dakota Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • North dakota Birding Hotspots

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Western meadowlark photo by Dan Duchscherer/USFWS.

North Dakota State of Mind

When bird watchers die (or, as Julie Zickefoose's dad would say, shoot through), they must go to North Dakota in June. Heaven just wouldn’t measure up. Read an account of the fabulous birding to be found in the state as it can only be described BWD's popular columnist, author, naturalist, and artist.
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