Hundreds of pothole lakes, dozens of rushing rivers, and miles of sprawling prairie make South Dakota an ideal destination for birding. Trails across the state wind through public and protected habitats, such as the Lake Andes Wildlife Refuge (home to the annual South Dakota Birding Festival) and the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, and bring avian aficionados close enough for some great encounters. 

Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant

Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant

Prairie Chickens

Prairie Chickens

Merriam's wild turkeys

Merriam's wild turkeys

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Meadowlark

Meadowlark

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans

Great Egret

Great Egret

Mallard and Wood Ducks

Mallard and Wood Ducks

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