DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the 22nd annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds! Whether you’re a beginner or experienced birder, or somewhere in between, the Festival of Birds has something for you! You’re invited to join us May 15-18, 2019. Detroit Lakes is located in a transition zone of tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests and a landscape peppered with lakes and wetlands – a migration hotspot with more than 250 species of birds! Our goal is to provide you with a quality birding experience. Each field trip by coach bus includes a naturalist and experienced birding leaders to help you get the best looks. We’ll take new looks at favorite field trip locations as well as first time visits to sites!

REGISTER EARLY: Register by May 1 to be included in a drawing for an 8 x 42 Ranger binoculars from Vortex. Registration for the festival closes at Noon (central time) on May 10, 2019. Cancellations must be made by 4:00 pm on May 10, with the registration event fee of $12.00 (one day) or $20.00 (multiple days) non-refundable. To receive updates on the festival, please include your e-mail address; we do not share your address with outside parties. See information on Detroit Lakes lodging options while in the area for birding.

REGISTRATION: Pick up your welcome packets and register Wednesday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 700 Summit Avenue. Also register 5:00 am-5:45 am Friday and 4:45 am-5:30 am Saturday morning at M State College, as well as 1:30 pm-5:00 pm Saturday at M State College.

FIELD TRIP NOTES: Field trips will be by coach bus with onboard restroom, and guided by field trip leaders and a naturalist. Since the birding experience begins as the bus departs, we are not able to accommodate boarding at other locations. Spring temperatures may vary from 70’s to 30’s, so refer to the program’s general information on layering clothing and wearing waterproof footwear and outerwear. No field trips will be cancelled unless weather is severe. No refunds will be issued for cancelled field trips, or for speakers who are unable to deliver their presentation due to an emergency. Please read the field trip descriptions to find those most suitable for your mobility. Maps will be available for evening presentation locations as well as birding hotspots.

Find complete information by downloading the Festival Program on this site.


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Festival Event Fee (non-refundable)

Full Festival - $20.00 per person
One day - $12.00 per person
Student 18 years and younger FREE


Early Bird Social at Richwood Winery, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Free with Festival Event Fee

Dinner/Program with Carrol Henderson “The Return of the Peregrine Falcon” at Maplelag Resort, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, $37

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Detroit Lakes Gems Bus Tour, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, includes lunch, $39

Salad Gems Bus Tour, $39
Chicken Sandwich Gems Bus Tour, $39

Social at Hub 41/Birding by Pontoon, 4:30 pm-7:00 pm, $5 with Festival Event Fee

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

One field trip selection – you are not able to attend two events with conflicting times
Field trip: North Ottawa Water Impoundment, 5:30 am-1:30 pm, $55
Field trip: Hamden Slough/Tamarac Refuges, 5:45 am-1:30 pm, $55

Dinner/Program with Al Batt “Birds Help Us Tell Our Stories” at Detroit Country Club, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, $35.00

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

One field trip selection – you are not able to attend two events with conflicting times

Field trip: Agassiz Refuge, 5:00 am-1:30 pm, $55.00 - SOLD OUT
Field trip: Blue Stem/Buffalo River, 5:30 am-1:30 pm, $55.00

Book Signing with Henderson/Batt/Haupt, Free

Dinner/Program with Lyanda Haupt “Mozart’s Starling” at M State College, 4:45 pm-7:00 pm, $37.00


For all meals/sack lunches

By checking this box, I agree to hold harmless the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and any employees, volunteers, instructors, and any contractors hired in connection with the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds for any injury, accident, damage to or loss of property, or illness that could occur as a result of participating in this event. As an attendee of the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, I give permission for my inclusion in photos and videos taken during the event.