South Dakota Birding Festival
Locations around Pickstown, Lake Andes and
The South Dakota Birding Festival @ Fort Randall has all the makings of a weekend event that holds something for everyone interested in birds found in or passing through the great lakes region of South Dakota. The area boasts at least 322 species of birds of which 164 are breeding species. Experts also tell us that in May there will still be many migratory birds in the area.
Grab your binoculars and make plans to attend the
May 1-3, 2015
This year's featured speaker and birding expert is Ted Floyd
Ted is Editor of Birding Magazine, the award-winning flagship publication of the American Birding Association. Find Ted's bio and descriptions of the sessions he will be leading as well as schedule of events, registration info and more below.
With birding you never know what you might find. The highlight of a previous festival was a Western grebe paired with a Clark’s grebe. Clark’s grebes are rare enough, but to see one paired with a Western grebe was very special. A Least bittern was seen and photographed when it “froze” mere feet from the edge of the walking path. Many more were heard out in the marsh. Adult Bald eagles and their eaglets were photographed and observed at their nest. Other birds observed included: Green heron, Hooded merganser, Stilt sandpiper, Whip-poor-wil, Eastern screech owl, Red-bellied woodpecker, Great-crested flycatcher, Bell’s vireo, Palm warbler, American redstart, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted grosbeak and Bobolink.
Registration is in Pickstown, SD.
Field trips into Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge.
A note of interest: This is the only time that the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge
located by the Fort Randall Dam is open to the public.
- Bird banding
- Bird identification
- Birding experts & speakers
- Guided field trips
What to wear:
Wear comfortable, waterproof/resistant boots or shoes.
Also, it is recommended that birders dress in layers, as the
weather can vary from cold (mornings) to much warmer (midday.)
To print the following documents,
you will need to first download them.
(First, click on the image to open a full size document,
then select the box with arrow from the menu at top, pull down to download)
Ted Floyd's Bio and Descriptions of Sessions he will be leading:
2015 Schedule of Events - South Dakota Birding Festival
2015 Registration Form - South Dakota Birding Festival
2011-2014 Bird Checklist - South Dakota Birding Festival
South Dakota Birding Festival - Map
2015 Birder's Business Directory - South Dakota Birding Festival
For more information about the South Dakota Birding Festival, call 605-487-7603
May 1 - May 3, Ft. Randall