Rothsay Wildlife Management Area


Sandhill Crane by Gary TischerFeatures: Fields, native mesic and wet prairie and wetlands.


Best Times To Visit: February through June, August through December.


Birds To Look For: Gray Partridge, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Sandhill Crane, Marbled Godwit, Snowy (winter only) and Short-eared Owls, Willow Flycatcher, Lapland and Smith’s Longspurs. Rarities to look for include Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Henslow’s Sparrow.


Notes For Birding The Area: This site features some of northwestern Minnesota’s best fall and winter birding. Some land is privately owned, so please obey signs. Excellent for a diversity of native sparrows in early October. Waterproof footgear recommended. No established trails available. Foot traffic permitted.


Contact: DNR Area Wildlife Office, 1509 First Ave. N., Fergus Falls, MN 56537, 218-739-7576.  E-mail: