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Birding in Minnesota: A Guide For The Backyard Bird Watcher

Counting Crows . . . owls, finches, hawks, loons, ducks and every other bird species in Minnesota

Birding in Minnesota

GOING NATIVE

Planting trees, shrubs, and other plants native to Minnesota will attract birds to your backyard by attracting insects that birds like to eat. Some native plants to consider next time you’re at the garden store:
Trees
Red and Sugar Maple
White Oak
Black Cherry
White Pine
Hackberry
Perennials
Showy Goldenrod
Silky Aster
Blue Flag Iris
Whorled Milkweed
Wild Bergamot
Shrubs
Chokecherry
Wild Plum*
Pagoda Dogwood
Red Raspberry
Lead Plant

















*The wild plum attracts a whopping 429 types of larval insects. **Source: Audubon Minnesota


KEY EQUIPMENT FOR BIRDING



A good pair of binoculars



Field guide for identifying birds (paper or phone app)



Pencil and paper for recording field notes



Appropriate clothing, insect repellent



Map, if necessary



Water and snacks


Camera
(if you want to take pictures)

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