Bowdoin’s 15,500 acres provide excellent habitat for waterfowl, colonial nesting birds, and shortgrass prairie birdlife. More than 236 species of birds have been seen here. Bowdoin is situated on the Montana “Hi Line,” where the twin ribbons of the Great Northern Railroad and U.S. Highway 2 run straight across the plains of northern Montana from Poplar to Glacier National Park. Malta is supposedly named for the island in the Mediterranean. Geologists claim that Lake Bowdoin was once an ancient pre-glacial oxbow of the Missouri River.
Historically this lake basin was filled by spring runoff, leaving warm, shallow, stagnant water by summer’s end. The refuge was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1936, and a system of dikes and ditches was built to divert additional water from the Milk River. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
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