Incredible Bird Watching
Attention bird lovers! The Thief River Falls area is included in Minnesota’s FIRST birding trail, a 223 mile route from Fergus Falls to the shores of Lake of the Woods. With 45 separate sites and side trips along the way, bird watchers and lovers of wildlife will find this a virtual paradise! (Note: the trail is now connected to Manitoba’s birding trail to form an international birding trail!)
Situated at the juncture of 3 major ecosystems—tall-grass prairie, boreal forests and aspen parkland—this Northwestern Minnesota trail provides a unique collection of habitats which provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the state of Minnesota, is an incredible birding treasure, located just a short drive from Thief River Falls. The Refuge is a haven for as many as 280 species of birds.
Look for a complete birding checklist and Pine to Prairie booklet at the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.