THE GREAT RIVER BIRDING
Call for site nominations for the lower Mississippi River
WHAT IS THE GREAT RIVER BIRDING TRAIL?
You can now take a self-guided birding tour on the northern reaches of what is one of America's longest birding trails. The Great River Birding Trail is named after the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Nominated sites should be accessible by auto, bike or on foot.
The Great River Birding Trail parallels both sides of the upper Mississippi River from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, downstream for 1,366 miles to the confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois. It covers both sides of the upper Mississippi River through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Ten full-color and illustrated maps, available free to the public, depict the great places to go bird watching along the river. To request a sample map or set of maps, contact the Audubon Birding Trail Coordinator, Bonnie Koop, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Audubon and its partners now are extending the trail to the Gulf of Mexico.
CREATING A 10-STATE BIRDING TRAIL: SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS
The Audubon-Upper Mississippi River Campaign is working with Audubon Mississippi and the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC) to complete the birding trail in the lower Mississippi River valley to the Gulf of Mexico.
Do you know of great places to go birding along the Mississippi River and the Great River Road? You can help to complete the Great River Birding Trail in Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana by nominating great sites.
View maps of the Great River Road along the lower Mississippi River
TO PROVIDE YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR BIRDING TRAIL SITES, GO TO THE LMRCC WEBSITE AND FILL OUT THE ON-LINE NOMINATION FORM. GO TO: www.lmrcc.org
For more information on the Great River Birding Trail project, please contact either:
Bruce Reid, Audubon Mississippi / LMRCC
Bonnie Koop, Birding Trail Coordinator