Great Northern Minnesota Birding

The Northwest Angle has many wonderful opportunities for birding in Northern Minnesota.  Three major biomes are in confluence here, resulting in great diversity of both plant and animal life. The thousands of uninhabited islands offer a unique opportunity to bird by boat in a spectacular remote setting.   Between 250 to 300 species of birds make their homes here at one time of the year or another including:

Elusive swamp dwellers like the Connecticut warbler and great grey owl (spotted at times in summer, as well as in winter, by residents)
Busy colonial water birds on their island rookeries (including American white pelicans, cormorants, common terns, and several species of gulls)
Bald Eagle
Osprey, pileated, black-backed, and three-toed woodpeckers
Evening, pine, and rose-breasted grosbeacks
Spruce hen
Ruffed grouse

We encourage you to keep a sharp eye out while birding by boat near the more remote island beaches for the piping plover. It is estimated that more than 15% of the American white pelicans in this hemisphere nest on Lake of the Woods.

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