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WMBD by Pipestone National Monument

It is a very exciting time of year at Pipestone National Monument with our plants greening up and birds on their way. This is our fourth annual celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

Birders will find the trip worth while because of the combination of tall grass prairie and oak savannah make it possible to see lots of different bird species as you walk the trail!

We invite you to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun! The National Park Service is proud of its contributions to bird conservation. For generations, migratory birds have connected communities across continents, providing unique opportunities for international collaboration and inspiring people to improve conditions for birds, wildlife, and for ourselves.

National and international cooperation is an essential step toward safeguarding the world’s migratory birds, whose long-distance flights often cross political borders, exposing them to widely varying conservation philosophies and laws. This year’s theme celebrates the importance of stopover sites, crucial refuges where migratory birds rest and refuel before continuing their remarkable journeys. Because these flights can stretch thousands of kilometers across continents and oceans, the birds depend upon a handful of resource-rich and strategically located habitats to acquire the energy-rich fat stores they need to survive. These places are known as stopover sites. Some stopover sites are well known, such as along the coasts of Louisiana, New Jersey, and the Upper Bay of Panama, where birds stop after traveling along the shoreline. Others are inland, such as Venezuela's grasslands, wetlands in the central United States, and even urban parks and backyards.

pipestone national monument
Pipestone, MN 56164 44° 0' 49.1364" N, 96° 19' 29.0892" W
Start date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 21:15
End date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 23:15