Glacial Ridge

Sandhill Crane by Stephen MaxsonFeatures: 24,700 acres. Tallgrass prairie (dry, mesic and wet); aspen woods; sedge meadows; calcareous fens; oak savanna; and cropland. When completed, largest tallgrass prairie restoration area in region.


Best Times to Visit: April through October.


Birds To Look For: Sandhill Cranes, Greater Prairie-Chickens, Bobolink, Marbled Godwits, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Savanna Sparrow, shorebirds and waterfowl.


Notes For Birding The Area: Waterproof foot wear is recommended. No trails available. Access is by foot only.


Contact: The Nature Conservancy, 31077 State Hwy. 32 S., Mentor, MN 56736, 218-637-2146.