Birding Drives Dakota  |  871 Main St  |  Carrington, ND 58421  |  888-921-2473  |
Four days on a prairie wild with wetlands and wavy, open meadows. Here is your chance to visit some of the world's most remote birding hotspots. Join your peers, bring your lists and be ready for four full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive culture and wild country. Don't miss the next Pothole & Prairie Birding Festival: June 8-12, 2016 in Carrington, North Dakota!

Bird watchers from 17 continental states, and British Columbia were among the 59 folks who participated in tours, seminars, and other activities during the annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival held June 2016, and head-quartered out of the Chieftain Conference Center. In addition, there were 11 guides for scheduled tours along with 4 guest speakers.

Highlights of the five day event included sightings of 143 bird species, with almost all participants noting at least one life bird, and the new birders made a great start on their life bird list. Some of these life birds included the Baird's and LeConte sparrows and gray partridge. Participants voiced their enjoyment of the wonderful birding, wide-open spaces and beauty of North Dakota. They especially enjoyed seeing birds in their full breeding plumage and their mating rituals. 

* See details in the web links to the left.

2016 Registration Form                 2016 Seminar Descriptions      
​        updated 5/13/2016                                       updated 2/10/2016
2016 Festival Events              2016 Tour Descriptions
​        updated 3/19/2016                                      updated 5/10/2016
2016 Tour Guide Biographies
         updated 2/7/2016

Bird Check List - 2009-2015
Updated at conclusion of
2015 Festival

2015 Bird Check list per Tour

Sponsorship/Vendor Information &  Form           2015 Sponsors


2009 Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival by Jerry Schmidt
Travel Arrangements:  It is suggested attendees fly into Bismarck, Fargo or Jamestown. Jamestown is 43 miles from Carrington. Bismarck and Fargo are approximately 130 miles.  

It is possible to rent a car at Jamestown - Avis is the rental agency  701-952-2275.
Birding Drives Dakota  |  871 Main St  |   Carrington, ND 58421   |  888-921-2473  |
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Campground info:

Carrington City Park Campground
        Located along Hwy 281 S

Tent, 8 RV sites with electric, sewer, restrooms, community pool, tennis courts, disc golf course, baseball & softball fields and picnic shelters.

Call 701-652-2524.

Carrington City Park Campground