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New species may be spotted due to flooding during TRNP Bird Walk Saturday

Bird Walk participants may see a new range of species at Theodore Roosevelt National Park due to recent flooding.

Birders of all abilities are invited to the Sunday event, hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association.

"The number of birds utilizing the recently flooded areas is astounding," Superintendent Valerie Naylor said in a press release. "We may find some species and numbers of birds that are unprecedented due to the recent flood events.

"From white pelicans to warblers, the birds are moving in. We sincerely appreciate the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association's success in keeping this tradition alive for the past 57 years."

The casual one-hour stroll will take participants along the Little Missouri River in search of as many birds as possible. Each year, 40 to 50 species are heard and seen during this event, which is in its 57th year, according to a press release.

The walk starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Cottonwood Picnic Area in the South Unit of TRNP.

The Nature and History Association will host a breakfast at the Cottonwood Picnic Area, which is adjacent to the campground after the walk. A free-will donation is suggested. Those interested in the breakfast should make reservations.

Participants should bring binoculars, field guides and keen eyes.

To make reservations, call 701-623-4730 extension 3419 or email