Habitat: Native and restored prairie,
woodlots, gravel pits.
Features: This area is a mix
of private lands, Wildlife Management Area Units managed by
Minnesota DNR, and a Scientific and Natural Area. The area is the
most important gravel prairie complex in the state and many rare
bird species can be seen there.
Best Times To Visit: April through October,
December through March.
Birds To Look For: Greater Prairie-Chicken, Upland
Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Snowy Owl (winter only),
Loggerhead Shrike, Willow Flycatcher, Grasshopper and
LeConte's Sparrows, Chestnut-collared (breeding) and Lapland
(migrant) Longspurs, Orchard Oriole. Rarities seen
include: Prairie Falcon, Say's Phoebe, Sprague's
Pipit, Baird's Sparrow.
Notes For Birding The Area:
is included in this complex, so please obey signs. Prairie
wildflowers are spectacular in mid summer.
CONTACT: Prairie Biologist, Minnesota
DNR, 1509 First Ave. N., Fergus Falls, MN 56537, 218-739-7576.