Twin Cities Northeast

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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The northeastern portion of the metropolitan area bears landforms and habitats as different from each other as the state’s major biomes themselves. The eastern portion of this zone, close to the Mississippi River, is dominated by the Anoka Sand Plain—lands with loose sandy soils left on the surface by the outwash of glacial meltwater. Most of this area is relatively flat, and where the land has not been used to grow potatoes or other crops, the poor soils still support grassland and the mixed brush and scrubby northern pin and bur oak of the savannah. The well-maintained paved roads, beautiful scenery, and semi-rural landscape make northern Washington County an ideal place for a birding daytrip—or plan to stay overnight in one of the Stillwater area’s fine bed-and-breakfast establishments. Key birds: Turkey Vulture, Broad-winged Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock, Winter Wren, Mourning Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel.
Birding Minnesota

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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

The northeastern portion of the metropolitan area bears landforms and habitats as different from each other as the state’s major biomes themselves. The eastern portion of this zone, close to the Mississippi River, is dominated by the Anoka Sand Plain—lands with loose sandy soils left on the surface by the outwash of glacial meltwater. Most of this area is relatively flat, and where the land has not been used to grow potatoes or other crops, the poor soils still support grassland and the mixed brush and scrubby northern pin and bur oak of the savannah.

The well-maintained paved roads, beautiful scenery, and semi-rural landscape make northern Washington County an ideal place for a birding daytrip—or plan to stay overnight in one of the Stillwater area’s fine bed-and-breakfast establishments. Key birds: Turkey Vulture, Broad-winged Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock, Winter Wren, Mourning Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Saint Paul
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Best Times: Best April-May; September-October; January
Local Contacts: Lake Elmo Park Preserve; Rice Creek Chain of Lakes; William O'Brien State Parks; Ramsey County Parks; Washington County Parks; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Twin Cities Northeast

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