Spring is Coming Soon with Birds of the Byway
See this video of a Birds of the Byway birding tour.
Watch another Birds of the Byway video at Whitefish Area Lodging Association website.
Read Judd Brink's article in the Spring 2012 issue of Outdoor Traditions, courtesy-Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
Christmas Bird Count
The National Audubon Society accepted the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area as a site for their annual Christmas Bird Count. This new count circle was the first for this area and the first official bird count for any Minnesota Byway. See the final Count Results.
Judd Brink is the organizer and data compiler for the Uppgaard WMA Christmas Bird Count. Please contact Judd Brink at (218) 838-4784 or e-mail for more information and or how you can participate in the 2012 count.
Birds of a feather...
What started as a unique printed publication to showcase the recreational attribute of birding in the region, has grown into an interactive web site. Local bird guide, Judd Brink, launched BirdsoftheByway.com, an exciting new place to record and share bird sightings from around the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.
BirdsoftheByway.com will also provide visiting birders ideas of where to go and what to do while in the area, as well as offer other birding information.
As the 2nd largest recreational activity in the country, interest in birding is growing in the region. Marketing opportunities will be available on birdsofthebyway.com, and new fun features can be expected.
If you set out to find a place on this continent with the highest counts of different breeding bird species, a place with exciting viewing in every season of the year, you’d need look no further than right here in Brainerd Lakes Area of North Central Minnesota.
Here you’ll find a unique coming together of prairie, evergreens and deciduous forests– all centered around the Mississippi River. This is one of the world’s major flyways for migrating birds. This diverse blend of geography– with its lakes, streams, forests and wetlands– and our four-season weather pattern results in a combination unlike any other in the world.
It’s not unusual for a keen-eyed birder to log more than 100 different species in an eight-hour day. The luckiest may spot a northern goshawk or an American woodcock, found in woodland openings. Seeing either of these species, let alone both, is an experience of a lifetime.
This inviting scenic area, long a vacation destination for those looking for family resorts and angling opportunities, also offers an abundance of wildlife and nature-oriented experiences.