Lac Qui Parle Important Bird Area

This IBA extends from Montevideo in Chippewa County along the Minnesota River northwest from Lac Qui Parle Lake, to Mud Lake. It extends to the east to include almost all of Big Stone County and the south-west portion of Traverse County. This IBA contains a very diverse number of habitats including; prairie grasslands (both virgin and restored), floodplain deciduous forests and their riparian habitats, a wide variety of marshes, several very large lakes plus numerous smaller bodies of water such as prairie potholes. This has resulted in a rich diversity of species including some of Minnesota’s largest concentrations of Canada Geese and other waterfowl, the world’s largest American White Pelican breeding colony (2006) along with other waterbirds, shorebirds and grassland songbirds. This diverse wildlife habitat is surrounded by some of the best, and as a result, the most intensely farmed areas in the upper Midwest. The area is recognized as one of the top ranked birding areas in the State of Minnesota and also attracts waterfowl and upland game hunters and other outdoor recreation users.