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United States of America -- Minnesota
Discover the top birding locations in Minnesota. Find out more about Minnesota Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Minnesota. Print out a checklist of Minnesota birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Minnesota. Order books to help you become a better birder in Minnesota. Discover links to Minnesota Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Minnesota before you begin your trip. 


Thayer's Birds of
North America version 7

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Recommended North American Bird Field Guides

State Bird: Common Loon

State Checklists:
Minnesota Ornithologists' Union
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Minnesota

Species Seen in Minnesota: 441

State Ornithological Society:
Minnesota Ornithologists' Union   

Rare Bird Alerts:
(800) 657-3700   Statewide
(763) 780-8890   Statewide
(218) 834-2858   Duluth/North Shore
(800) 433-1888   Northwest

Electronic Mailing Lists:
The MnBird listserv is the electronic communication link for Minnesota birders
Sign-up information is available on their web page.
Link to
MnBird web page
Link to
archive database of MnBird messages 

Minnesota Maps



Birding Links for Minnesota:
Audubon Center of the North Woods
National Eagle Center
The Raptor Center
Bob Ekblad's Birding Minnesota Home Page
Southwest Minnesota Birding  
Hot Spots
Pine to Prairie Birding Trail
US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges
Kittson-Rouseau Birding

Minnesota Organizations:
Audubon Chapters in Minnesota
    Agassis Audubon Society
    Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis 
Central Minnesota Audubon Society 
   Duluth Audubon Society
   Minnesota River Valley Audubon
Saint Paul Audubon Society 
Wild River Audubon Society
   Zumbro Valley Audubon Society
The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota

Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

48.35 N   95.97 W
Come between late April and  the end of October. These wetlands and tamarack bogs have recorded 280 species. The American Bittern is here. Warbler migration peaks around May 20th.

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
46.50 N   92.00 W
Great Gray Owls in the dead of winter! Check your antifreeze. Buy A Birder's Guide to Minnesota by Kim Eckert. Also look for Hawks in the fall and Connecticut and Mourning Warblers in the summer.

Gunflint Trail
47.82 N   90.30 W
Start at Grand Marais and follow Cook County Road 12 north. This 63 mile drive passes through boreal forests. Look for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Ruffed Grouse, Crossbills and Great Gray Owls. Good any time of year, but June and July are best.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
45.03 N   92.78 W
If the rest of the family want to visit the Mall of America, you can head over here. Lots of variety here -- bottomlands, lakes, marshes and oak savanna. There are miles of hiking trails.

Sax-Zim Bog  
47.17 N   92.62 W
Drive the back roads in this area to see Sharp-tailed Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Great Gray Owl and Connecticut Warblers. In winter this is a good spot for raptors.



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