2013 Birding Festival

by Katlyn Richter on April 24, 2013 · 2 comments

Gear up outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers! South Dakota’s 3rd Annual Birding Festival is taking place in just a few days.

May 3-5, 2013, birding enthusiasts will migrate to Lake Andes, South Dakota, to see hundreds of bird species that have migrated to South Dakota after spending time in other parts of the country. Festival goers will also see birds that are temporarily in South Dakota before they move on to another region.


The Lake Andes area is known to play home to more than 322 species of birds, 164 of which are breeding species.

In previous years, birders have enjoyed the sight of Snowy owls, and a Western grebe paired with a Clark’s grebe. The sighting of the two together is very rare and special for the enthusiasts.

Registration for the event is in Pickstown, South Dakota. The group will be taking “field trips” to Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge – this is the only time that the Refuge (near the Fort Randall Dam) is open to the public. Other activities include bird banding, bird identification, a session with birding experts, guided field trips and activities for children.

For more information on the festival, visit this link.

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Bea Spruce May 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I am a birder from Austin Tx and my friend in Salina Kansas wants us to go birding in SD but theres not a lot of Birding info on the web so could you help us with where to go and what we’ll see and we would loke to come maybe in October before your weather gets bad as we will be driving. Thank You Bea Spruce

Chris Haar September 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

We recently traveled to the Waubay Lake. There were a lot geese grouping up and getting ready to head south. It was great to watch them communicate and fly around us. So much fun i wish we could go back next weekend.

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