On the Western edge of Minnesota, Lincoln County's rolling hills have given way to more pasture, and reclaimed prairie than its adjacent Counties - offering excellent prairie species habitat. Three large lakes (Benton, Hendricks, and Shaokatan) have a large draw, while the small Lake Stay (Arco, MN) has perhaps the most reliable SW MN lake to seem Common Loon in migration.
On the Lincoln-Lyon County Border, Gislason Lake and the surrounding upland acres has was designates a National Wildlife Refuge in 2010. This land is a most welcome addition to Southwest Minnesota. Combined with Sioux Prairie WMA to the Southeast, birders could spend an entire day searching this complex for nesting species indicative of the prairie pothole region. There is good woodlands to the north (not part of the NWR) and suitable woodlands on the NWR property. A close wetland rounds out this area a destination location for birders. Not far from this location in 2008, Whooping Cranes spotted over for a brief time in the fall.
As management objectives continue to be implemented, this complex will no doubt experience changing migratory species, but the nesting activity should become stable in short time.
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|Birding by Boat|
|Some of the best birding in summer is by boat. Birds sing and are active along the banks even when summer doldrums have birders hanging up their binoculars.|