Latin: Cygnus buccinator
Riverlands is a destination for hundreds of birds species!
Photo: Gina Mikel
The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located at the heart of the Mississippi Flyway on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River. Over 300-plus bird species, including 60% of all North American birds and 40% of the nation's waterfowl find food, shelter, and safe passage on the Mississippi Flyway, one of the greatest migration corridors on the planet.
This 3,700 acre Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary provides unmatched opportunities to view the birds and other wildlife and experience the majesty of the Great Rivers every season of the year. Frequent visitors include Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans in winter, migrating shorebirds and warblers in spring and fall, Dickcissel and other grassland birds in summer, and year-round residents like the Great Blue Heron.
Scientific studies show that climate change is the biggest threat to birds and people alike, with two-thirds of North American bird species at risk of extinction due to our warming planet. Birds tell us it is not too late, but there is no time to lose. If we stand together and act now, we can still protect our most vulnerable birds and build healthier, stronger human communities too.