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Posted 4/6/2016

Release no. 20160406-001


PICKSTOWN, SD - The Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, located near the Fort Randall Dam, will play host to the 6th Annual South Dakota Birding Festival from May 20-22.

The event schedule and registration are available online from South Dakota Missouri River Tourism.

Participants will meet with birding experts and hear from guest speakers. Activities include: bird identification, bird banding, guided field trips, and children's activities.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, waterproof/resistant boots or shoes and dress in layers, as the weather can vary from cold (mornings) to much warmer (midday). 

During a previous festival, birders spotted a Western Grebe paired with a Clark's Grebe. 

Other "frequent fliers" have included Bald Eagles, Green Heron, Hooded Merganser, Stilt Sandpiper, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Screech Owl, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, and Bobolink.

For More information, call Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge at 605-487-7603.