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 13-17, 2018 in Carrington, North Dakota!

Bird watchers from 20 continental states were among the 50 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 12 guides for scheduled tours along with 4 guest speakers.

Highlights of the five day event included sightings of 145 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.

2018 Registration Form                 2018 Seminar Descriptions     
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2018 Festival Events              2018 Tour Descriptions
​        updated 2/17/2018                                      updated 12/11/2018
2018 Tour Guide Biographies
         updated 1/9/2018

Bird Check List - 2003-2018
        updated 6/25/2018

2018 Bird Check list per Tour
        updated 6/25/2018
Sponsorship/Vendor Information &  Form           


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.

Car pooling: If you would like to carpool from one of the airports, please contact Laurie at or 1-888-921-2473
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