Birders set to converge on North Dakota festival

Around the 140 species that can be found in and around the festival "grounds" is the American goldfinch. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Need an excuse to visit North Dakota? Have a bird on your “Life List” (bucket list for birders) you want to check off?

Your wait is over.

The Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival, scheduled June 14-18 in Carrington, N.D., drew 90 birders from 29 continental states and British Columbia last year – expect similar numbers this year – and features workshops, guided tours, and the chance to see around 140 species of birds. The festival also is a chance to visit some of the world’s most remote birding hotspots.

Some of the life birds found here include the Baird’s and LeConte sparrows and gray partridge.

Participants last year said they enjoyed the wide-open spaces and seeing birds in their full breeding plumage and mating rituals.

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