NationalAudubon Society on South Dakota Birding
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Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (BCR) to get to know the winged wonders that share our home. BCR will explore a different areas of the Panhandle from April to November, covering many habitats with a chance to discover new birds each time. This program is intended for anyone interested in birding; from beginners to experts.  Binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to be outside for two hours.
Register Here: The next  trip is to Chadron State Park on June 10th at 8-9:30 am
Registration is limited to 15 people and closes on June 9th at 11:59 P.M.  Thanks to generous support from their sponsors, this program is provided at NO COST!
They will be gathering at the Lagoon Shelter at Chadron State Park, located at 15951 Gold Rush Byway, Chadron, NE 69337. For more information: or 308-633-1013
All are welcome. BCR’s community of practice is to be an organization that empowers people of all backgrounds, beliefs, colors and creeds to join in, benefit from and contribute to our mission. They strive for inclusivity of all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other status.
Birding information by SD Game, Fish and Parks

SD Birding trails (SD GFP):

Black Hills/Badlands Birding Trails

Birders Guide to Mickelson Trail


SD OU birding hotspots by Ornithological Society:

Why do you care? Lots of public land in SD…find out where you can wander without worry about trespass.
Save money buying maps from each federal agency’s office as you go through town.
GFP revises a map each year of land ownership in SD – State of SD creates the Hunter Atlas and hands out free versions at SDGFP offices, but you can get various versions on-line, all three versions are listed below.


South Dakota Birding Check list: (over 430 birds and there may be other checklists)


Check Lists

Badlands has 238 birds (I counted by hand so # might be off):

Black Hills National Forest bird list (did not count)

La creek NWR list has 281 birds

Waubay NWR Complex Birdlist-b.pdf

Lake Andes NWR

Avi Base list for SD


SD Breeding bird Atlas

The second South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas revision, started in 2008 and was completed in 2012, was a statewide survey to determine the current distribution and status of every bird species breeding in the state of South Dakota. These results were compared to bird distributions during the first SDBBA (1988-1992) to see what changes have occurred. The atlas was conducted by volunteers . It  was a great opportunity  for birders to contribute to the knowledge of South Dakota birds while having fun and

learning about our local birds and their habitats.  Info is also posted SD Game, Fish and Parks (a state agency) web site.

For more information and to download  the Atlas or order a hard-copy go to:


Nebraska Crane Season Program

Annual Events in and near Kearney Nebraska


PHAS List Serve

Prairie Hills Audubon Society has a list serve for members and friends to discuss birds, issues associated with birds and birding field trips.

All field trips are announced on this list serve. To subscribe contact Nancy or Jedediah,, 605-787-6466, and jedediah (207) 310-4665‬,

Here is the address:,

Please watch our events page or Facebook for field trip announcements

There are also two other list serves in SD on birding : sd-birds and NHBC list serves at IO groups.