National Audubon Society on South Dakota Birding
Bird Flu Information. Click here.
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.