Lostwood Birding Festival June 20

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Lostwood Birding and Nature Association, and Burke County will host the Lostwood Birding Festival on June 20. This is a one-day event featuring guided tours and youth activities. The festival is a great opportunity for participants of any age to learn about birds and other wildlife at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge.

The festival is held at the refuge headquarters, located 16 miles south of Bowbells or 23 miles north of Stanley on North Dakota Highway 8. “The Refuge is a popular destination for birders who want to see rare grassland and wetland birds including Sprague’s pipit, Baird’s sparrow, LeConte’s sparrow, grasshopper sparrow and piping plover”, says Kory Richardson, refuge manager.

The festival will begin at 6 a.m. and will provide participants with a variety of opportunities to take hiking or bus tours on the Refuge. There will be birding, wildlife, plant and youth related activities. The festival will end at 1:30 p.m. Knowledgeable and experienced guides will lead each tour. All tours will depart from the refuge headquarters. Refreshments will be provided near the refuge headquarters but all participants should pack their own lunch.

There is no charge for the festival. Pre-registration is requested. To register or see a complete schedule of events go to (burkecountynd.org). You can also register or request more information by calling the refuge office at 848-2722.