The southwestern portion of the Twin Cities includes some of the most beautiful landscapes the metropolitan area has to offer. Hundreds of years ago, the lands that surrounded Lake Minnetonka, Minnehaha Creek, the Minnesota River, and other lakes in this zone provided a rich lifestyle for the Native Americans who lived here. Wild game flourished in the woods and wetlands, and traces of ancient encampments and burial mounds testify that the area was well attended. Native residents benefited from abundant fish and wild crops such as rice, acorns, and maple sugar.
Key birds: Trumpeter Swan, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, Woodcock, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tanager. Don’t miss: Carver Park Reserve, Black Dog Lake, Louisville Swamp. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.
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