Sandhill crane

Sunset drives that take you by open fields present a prime viewing opportunity to spot sandhill cranes.

Spring is here and migratory birds have started to appear. The St. Croix Riverway, along with many tributaries of the Mississippi River, form one of four super migration highways in North America, known as flyways.

The Mississippi Flyway serves as a critical route for the migration of over 325 bird species, which travel from their wintering grounds in Central and South America and the Gulf of Mexico, to breed in the northern United States and Canada during the summer months. Notably, about 40% of shorebirds and waterfowl in North America rely on this flyway for their migration. The Mississippi River provides excellent habitat for these migrating birds, which account for almost half of all bird species in North America, to catch their breath on their long flight, grab a snack, and rest their wings in protected habitats.

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