Twin Cities Mississippi River IBA

Great egret walking in marsh

Includes the Mississippi River and adjacent floodplain forest and uplands extending for 38 river miles from Minneapolis to Hastings. Situated along the migratory corridor for 40% of North America's waterfowl and shorebirds. Migratory waterbirds including loons, cormorants, gulls, terns, herons, egrets, pelicans, coots, grebes, and others can be found. A mixed species heron rookery, eight bald eagle breeding territories and 6 - 8 pairs of peregrine falcons are known to occur within this IBA.