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Glendalough State Park
Glendalough State Park, located in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake, showcases over nine miles of shoreline on six unique lakes. The park is 1,931 acres in size. The park was donated to the Nature Conservancy on Earth Day in 1990, and subsequently deeded to the Minnesota Department of Natural...
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Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail
Description: The Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail consists of over 45 sites along 200 miles in northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes, calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. Most sites are on public land or private reserves open to the public. Not all sites have public facilities. In Manitoba, the trail stretches another 300 miles to Lake Winnipeg and includes 23 sites.

This birding trail is a unique partnership between the NW Minnesota communities of Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad; Manitoba agencies such as Manitoba Conservation, participating agencies U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, Explore Minnesota Tourism; the birding entities of the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union, Audubon Minnesota, Lakes Area Birding Club and the Agassiz Audubon Society.

Wildlife to Watch: Some of the unique “lifers” you can see here include the northern goshawk, ruffed grouse, greater prairie-chicken, yellow rail, American woodcock, snowy owl, northern hawk owl, great gray owl, three-toed and black-backed woodpeckers, boreal chickadee; bay-breasted, Connecticut and mourning warblers; chestnut-collared long spur; red and white-winged crossbills and pine and evening grosbeaks. Manitoba offers some of the same species, as well as, piping plover, spruce grouse, yellow rail, Blackburnian and Connecticut warblers, and Nelson’s and LeConte’s sparrows.

Each site along the trail offers unique habitats and associated bird and other wildlife species. Check out Minnesota’s Pine to Prairie Birding Trail website for more information about birds observed at individual sites here.

Special Tips: The Pine to Prairie Birding Trail website has information about all of the sites. Note that the Minnesota trail joined with a Manitoba birding trail in 2009 to form the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail.

Other Activities: See the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail website for current events.

Ownership: Multiple entities 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Warroad, Roseau, Thief River Falls, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, Fergus Falls

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Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail

Driving Directions:
In Minnesota, the southerly tip of the 200 mile trail is at Fergus Falls, running north along Highway 59 to Pelican Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls. The trail continues north on Highway 32 and 11 to Roseau and Warroad. The route north of Warroad into Manitoba begins at Highway 12, traveling north to the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg. The trail winds south and north to the terminus at Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park. An alternate route goes through the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve to Winnipeg.

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Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail : Wildlife Viewing Area