Bird Viewing Areas Marked with New Signs
New signage will soon be visible along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway driving route to promote birding.
A Birds of the Byway sign dedication event will be on Friday, September 28 from 12:00-2:00 PM at the Rice Lake/Lowell Wildlife Management Area just east of Pequot Lakes on Co Rd 11. These new Birds of the Byway signs will accompany the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway signage at five locations in Crow Wing County, identifying unique wildlife viewing areas for travelers and the communities.
The new signs, the logo for Birds of the Byway, feature trees, lakes and Paul Bunyan himself along with a few of his flying friends. Watch for these new signs soon along the Byway.
Sign locations include Rice Lake/ Lowell WMA, Uppgaard WMA, Chiarella FMA, Veterans Trail (Co Rd 16) and USACE Campground and Park in Crosslake.
Judd Brink, owner and guide of Birds of the Byway, approached the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Crow Wing County Highway Department about this unique concept. Both quickly approved the idea. The new signage is uniquely designed for the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway that signifies the popularity of birding in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Brink, said “birding is a popular recreational activity” adding, “wildlife viewing is the second largest recreational activity in the country and Minnesota is fifth in the nation with participation in this activity.”
Birdsofthebyway.com was launched in 2010 to promote bird watching and other wildlife related activities along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. The interactive site features local birding locations and recent bird sightings.