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For 10 years, bird watchers have flocked to the Stutsman and Foster County area for the Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival. This year’s edition is scheduled for June 13 to 17 and is headquartered in Carrington.
“Over the years we have stabilized with about 100 participants each year,” said Ann Hoffert, festival coordinator. “Our target audience is serious birders and they come from all over the country.”
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of when trumpeter swans were restored in Minnesota — the first one from the restoration project was released at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
So it seems only fitting that the bird be honored during the 15th annual Festival of Birds celebration next month.
By Pippi Mayfield , Forum Communications Co.
, May 03, 2012
They can’t say for sure yet, but local birders seem fairly convinced that Terminator and Roosevelt have returned once again to Grand Forks.
The peregrine falcon couple, a local item since 2009, was spotted this week nesting atop a tower on the The University of North Dakota campus, where they were relocated from their original domicile on the late “Smiley” water tower.
By Chuck Haga , Forum Communications Co.
, March 31, 2012
The Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge will host a Big Sit! at the Warbler Woodland Wildlife Viewing Area. This free event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to dark Oct. 9 at the Warbler Woodland Wildlife Viewing Area on the refuge. People may come for an hour or so, or for the day. The refuge is located northeast of Pingree (off U.S. Highway 281) or south west of Kensal (off N.D. Highway 9). The Big Sit! is a non-competitive birding event. The Big Sit! is like a Big Day, or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours from a 17-foot diameter circle.
The biggest birding event in the area is nearly ready to load up the buses with avid birders and roll out across this part of the state.
Birding Drives Dakota is taking a group of birders from as far away as Florida and California across the Prairie Potholes out on seven different tours in hopes of finding some “life list” birds.
Whether you’re a diehard birder or just getting started, the 14th annual Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes has something for everyone.
Slated for May 19-22, the event draws participants from all over the United States and Canada.
By Pippi Mayfield, Forum Communications Co.
, April 28, 2011
KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — Bird-watchers at a ridgetop preserve in eastern Pennsylvania counted a record number of migrating bald eagles this fall, another sign of the species’ remarkable comeback following a century of decline.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — There he is, sitting on the elevated hawk-counting platform at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. He wears his Swarovski 10-by-42 EL binoculars, but he is not an official counter. He’s on nobody’s payroll. He wears no name tag, bears no official title.
But Andrew Longtin has become an integral part of this nationally recognized raptor observation outpost in Duluth.
The eighth annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival gets under way on June 9 at Carrington. The event serves as a showcase for the year around attraction of the birding drives in the area, according to Ann Hoffert, festival coordinator for Birding Drives Dakota.
Every year during the third week of May, birders flock to the City of Detroit Lakes for the Festival of Birds.
Now in its 13th year, the festival has proved to be a favorite for all levels of birders, from first-timers to experienced trekkers.
By Vicki Gerdes , Forum Communications Co.
, May 13, 2010
One of North America’s most endangered birds has been spotted in North Dakota.
Three Affiliated Tribes chief game warden Tom Sage said he spotted five whooping cranes in the White Shield area last week.
While exact counts won’t be known until census flights are taken at the end of May, the American white pelican seem to be doing well and settling into the task of raising broods of young pelicans, said Paulette Scherr, wildlife biologist for the Arrowwood Complex. The complex includes the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Medina.
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