Minnesota’s first birding trail, the Pine to Prairie Bird Trail consists of 45 sites spanning a 223 mile corridor from pine to prairie in the northwestern part of the state. The Pine to Prairie Trail offers unique bird watching opportunities traveling through state parks, wildlife refuges, wetlands and prairies before reaching its southern end in Fergus Falls. Over 270 different species of birds can be viewed along this trail.

Birding enthusiasts come from all over the country to Warroad to complete their birding checklists.  The Lake of the Woods shoreline is easily scanned from atop the observation tower or the drive up nature viewing area located on the north side of the Warroad Point Park. The Lake of the Woods area is home to almost 300 species of birds, including water species such as loons, Canadian geese, tundra swans, herons, white pelicans, piping plovers, terns and mallards. Just to the west of Warroad is the Roseau Bog, a birding “hotspot” featuring Wilson’s phalarope, sharp-tailed sparrow, gyrfalcon, northern hawk owl, snowy owl and winter finches.

Some of our area’s familiar bird friends include:

  • Sparrows
  • Robins
  • Orioles
  • Black-backed woodpeckers
  • Vireos
  • Juncos
  • Red wing black birds
  • Chickadees
  • Hummingbirds.

Birds of prey can also be seen in the Warroad area:

  • Bald eagle
  • Turkey vulture
  • Great gray
  • Snowy owls

Warroad Marina birds to look for:

  • Common Loon
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Greater Scaup
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Bonaparte’s
  • Franklin’s and Herring gulls
  • Caspian
  • Common Tern
  • Shorebirds

In migration, look for rarities such as:

  • Red-throated Loon
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Scoters
  • Little and Sabine’s Gulls
  • Piping Plover

Warroad serves as the northern most point for Minnesota’s first official birding trail. To view the trail guide book click here or visit the Birding Trail website for details on what birds have been seen lately by clicking here.