Features: The two sites cover 5 sq. miles including a large lake, constructed wetlands in a small arboretum and restored prairies on a Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridge along the ecotone that separates the Tallgrass Prairies of Red River Valley from the Aspen Parklands.
Best Times To Visit: great birdwatching, year-round. Witness eye-dazzling migrations of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. Experience thousands of Sandhill Cranes staging. Spot winter owls, raptors and finches. Spy on nesting waterfowl, songbirds and waders.
Birds To Look For: Short-eared, Long-eared and Snowy Owls; Black-billed Cuckoo; Western Kingbird; Bobolink, Yellow-headed Blackbird, meadowlark; Prairie Chicken, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Gray Partridge; Orchard Oriole; Black-billed Magpie; Western Grebe; White Pelican; swans and waterfowl; Golden and Bald Eagles; godwits and Upland Sandpiper; and much, much more.
Notes For Birding The Area: In addition to the birds, it’s a great place to watch and photograph butterflies, dragonflies, herps (smooth green snakes, red-bellied snakes and eastern tiger salamanders) and mammals, including black bear, otters, fishers, wolves, bobcats and an occasional moose. Food and visitor services in Warren (10 miles away).
Contact: Middle Snake Tamarac Rivers Watershed District, PO Box 154, Warren, MN 56762, 218-745-4741.