Sibley State Park is a good birding site, and it is located in an area of closely located sites, which, in sum, offer excellent birding. The park was named for General Henry Hastings Sibley, a man who left a notable legacy in the state’s early history. Sibley came to Minnesota in 1834 at the age of twenty three, as an employee of the American Fur company. He represented the Minnesota Territory in the U.S. Congress, served as a regent of the state university, and became the state’s first governor. But it was Sibley’s role in the Sioux uprising that may have brought him the most glory.
Key birds: Common Loon (Mud Lake), Broad-winged Hawk, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Sedge Wren, Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireos, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Scarlet Tanager, Field Sparrow. Don’t miss: Fort Johanna historical marker vista, Timber Lake Road, Eagle Lake. 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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