With its broad, open lands bordering the Red River of the north, Minnesota’s northwest corner has always been easily traversed. This flat valley, with its rich soils, is the former lake bed of the giant Glacial Lake Agassiz, which eventually drained northward, like the Red River itself. The river’s connections— downstream to Lake Winnipeg and eventually Hudson Bay, upstream to the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and the Gulf of Mexico, and east overland and via Lake of the Woods/Rainy River to Lake Superior and the St. Lawrence River—made it a virtual crossroads for early explorers, and an important link in the transport of valuable furs collected from the north and northwest.
Key birds: Northern Harrier, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock, Common Snipe, Snowy (winter) and Short-eared Owls, Whip-poor-will, Alder Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Sedge Wren, Bobolink, Lapland Longspur (fall), Snow Bunting (winter), Savannah and Clay-colored Sparrows. Don’t miss: Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area. 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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