Aitkin / McGregor, Mille Lacs, and Vicinity

Palisade, Minnesota

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Aitkin has been the scene of commerce for hundreds of years. A fur post on Cedar Lake, just west of the present city, was built by the British in the mid-1700s. The post sat on the main Ojibway route to the Mississippi River. Key birds: Common Loon (fall), Ring-necked Duck, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Yellow Rail, Great Gray Owl, Snowy and Northern Hawk-Owls (winter), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Boreal Chickadee, Sedge Wren, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed and Le Conte’s Sparrows. Don’t miss: Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, McGregor Marsh. 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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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

Aitkin has been the scene of commerce for hundreds of years. A fur post on Cedar Lake, just west of the present city, was built by the British in the mid-1700s. The post sat on the main Ojibway route to the Mississippi River.

Key birds: Common Loon (fall), Ring-necked Duck, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Yellow Rail, Great Gray Owl, Snowy and Northern Hawk-Owls (winter), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Boreal Chickadee, Sedge Wren, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed and Le Conte’s Sparrows. Don’t miss: Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, McGregor Marsh. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.

©  Jay Michael Strangis/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Palisade
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-July; October-November
Local Contacts: Moose-Willow Wildlife Management Area; Savanna State Forest; Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge; Little Willow Wildlife Management Area; Ripple River Wildlife Management Area; Wealthwood State Forest; Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Aitkin / McGregor, Mille Lacs, and Vicinity

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