Albert Lea and Vicinity

Albert Lea, Minnesota

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Southeastern Minnesota, with its beautifully wooded hills and hollows, has been described as “little Switzerland.” The area gets attention for its long, rolling grasslands, unusual “blue” coteaus, and “western” flavor. But what about the land in between? It is hard to picture what today’s cultivated prairie might have looked like in its virgin cloak, before the coming of Europeans. This area was favored among early explorers who climbed up out of the Mississippi basin onto the game-rich Minnesota prairies. Many of the earliest exploring parties, financed and outfitted by foreign crowns, gained the favor of their sponsors through reports of promise in this rich country of prairie lakes and streams. Key birds: Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Sedge Wren, Orchard Oriole, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow. Don’t miss: Helmer Myre State Park. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.
Birding Minnesota

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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

Southeastern Minnesota, with its beautifully wooded hills and hollows, has been described as “little Switzerland.” The area gets attention for its long, rolling grasslands, unusual “blue” coteaus, and “western” flavor. But what about the land in between? It is hard to picture what today’s cultivated prairie might have looked like in its virgin cloak, before the coming of Europeans.

This area was favored among early explorers who climbed up out of the Mississippi basin onto the game-rich Minnesota prairies. Many of the earliest exploring parties, financed and outfitted by foreign crowns, gained the favor of their sponsors through reports of promise in this rich country of prairie lakes and streams. Key birds: Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Sedge Wren, Orchard Oriole, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow. Don’t miss: Helmer Myre State Park. 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: Albert Lea
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 day
Best Times: Best March-April; November-December
Local Contacts: Helmer Myre State Park; Walnut Lake Wildlife Management Area
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Albert Lea and Vicinity

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