I am no expert on birds, but I do know I see a lot of different species in a day's wandering through South Dakota. The people who started the South Dakota Birding Festival certainly know that the area around Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown and the Fort Randall Dam is a hot spot for seeing lots of them.
The South Dakota Birding Festival got underway tonight with a keynote address by Dr. Dave Swanson on identifying birds by ear and a "Owl Prowl" night hike on the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge. Tomorrow's activities include a bird banding workshop, several field trips for bird spotting, a trade show and activities in Wagner. The festival wraps up on Sunday with a guided tour of the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge.
Full info on the festival is available at the Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association's website.
Without really trying too hard today I was able to see over 30 species of birds and photograph these.