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23rd Annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds

May 20 - May 22


The 23rd annual Festival of Birds is scheduled for May 20–22, 2021, and will be a combination of virtual and in-the-field birding.

Nestled in the heart of Minnesota’s unique transition zone of tall-grass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests, and wetlands, this area hosts a diversity of birds. A total of 165 species were recorded during the 2019 festival, including the Prothonotary Warbler! In recent years, birders have checked the following species off their lists: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut-collared Longspur, LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Rock Wren, Golden-winged and Northern Parula Warblers, Alder Flycatcher, and Black-backed Woodpecker.

May 20–22: Virtual Presentations (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
SPRUCE Climate Change Experiment, Randy Kolka
Warbler ID, Kevin Karlson
Hawk ID, Mike Havlick
Birds of Prey, Kevin Karlson
Humorist, Al Batt

May 21–22: In-the-Field Birding (Friday and Saturday)
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Felton Prairie

Visit our website to register for these events.

Any time of year, we welcome you to check out several sites along the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail that are near Detroit Lakes. Download the Bird Checklist of 275 species along the trail below. For more birding opportunities in Minnesota, see the MOU website.

In 2022, the festival will return to its in-person format of presentations, socials, and morning field trips, with Friday and Saturday night keynotes.



Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
700 Summit Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN United States
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Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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