The Minnesota trail is over 200 miles in length with 51 sites to view birds. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities. Although spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of birds, winter is also an exciting time to see winter specialties. In May 2009, the trail was extended another 300 miles north into Manitoba, Canada to become the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail. The Manitoba trail has 24 sites to view birds and wildlife.
The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is dynamic. Birding trail logo signs are in place at a number of birding locations; however, complete signage is not currently in place. Interpretive signs are in place at featured sites; the future will bring additional signage and informational improvements. Currently, check with Tourism Officials at Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls, Crookston, Hallock and Warren for information on bird sightings and assistance with trip planning.
The Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail is a unique partnership between the NW Minnesota communities of Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls, Crookston, Kittson County, Red Lake Falls and Warren; Manitoba, participating agencies U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, Explore Minnesota; the birding entities of the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union, Audubon Minnesota and the Agassiz Chapter of the National Audubon Society.