• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Birds

Birds and the Mississippi River
Each day, birds must find food, water, shelter, and places offering refuge from predators. This becomes even more important during migration as birds are often moving through unfamiliar terrain with unknown risks. The Mississippi River valley--along with its rich diversity of habitats--provides birds with those important resources. It is little wonder then that this large, south-flowing river forms the core of one of North America's great flyways and offers birders wonderful opportunities to observe a wide variety of species.

Download the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area birdlist.

What Bird was That?
Use this simple key to help identify birds in your backyard or on your visits to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Did You Know?

Headwaters of the Mississippi

The Mississippi River is approximately three feet deep at its headwaters at Lake Itasca and has an average surface speed of 1.2 miles per hour.