• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
The brightly colored cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is probably one of our most recognizable birds. It doesn't migrate, so it can be seen all year round in southeastern Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The cardinal's powerful beak is perfect for its diet of insects and seeds.

Did You Know?

A slow and shallow section of Itaska.

At the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is 1.2 miles per hour. People typically walk 3 miles per hour.