Explore Birding Hotspots in the Prairies of North Dakota this Summer

Birding in deeps woods in the summer can be tough, so I suggest checking out these birding hotspots in the prairies of North Dakota this summer!

During the summer months, I love to spend my time birding in the prairie regions of the US, and there is no better place to explore than North Dakota. While this state might not be the first place you think of when you are going to travel to go birding, you won’t be disappointed with a June trip to the birding hotspots of the Prairie Pothole region! Many people refer to this area of the country as the “duck factory” as this is where many species of waterfowl breed. In addition to waterfowl, there are numerous shorebird species that nest here along with LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sparrows, American Bittern, Black Tern, and Marsh and Sedge Wrens. The  list below has my suggestions for spots that you should be sure to visit while in this region (You can click on each one for more information).

Explore Birding Hotspots in the Prairies of North Dakota this SummerRob Ripma
Rob Ripma LeConte’s Sparrows can be tough to see. I think they are one of the more beautiful sparrow species.
Explore Birding Hotspots in the Prairies of North Dakota this SummerEric Ripma/Sabrewing Nature Tours
Eric Ripma/Sabrewing Nature Tours You’re likely to hear a Sedge Wren long before you spot it but stick with it and be patient and you just might be a great look!

Rob Ripma
Rob is a lifelong Indiana resident and co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours. He has birded extensively throughout the Americas and also spent time birding in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Rob is currently on the executive boards of two organizations: Past President of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis (after leading the board as President for 6 years) and Secretary for Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). He also serves as the field trip coordinator for BSBO’s Biggest Week in American Birding annual event. Rob sat on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is a co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field. His leadership and expertise led to Rob working as the primary bird blogger for Birds & Blooms Magazine from 2013-2017. Rob enjoys working with both new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect them and their habitats. Additionally, he loves educating others about the positive impact nature tourism can have on local economies, especially in developing countries. This passion led to his involvement in the production of a PBS television program called, “Flight Path: The World of Migratory Birds”, where a crew accompanied him on a tour to Panama to highlight and bring to life the effect that birds and birding have on both the people that see them and those who work and live in areas visited by birders and nature lovers. Rob graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2008 and lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.