Welcome to the Mississippi River Twin Cities Important Bird Area Landbird Monitoring Program!

A view of the Mississippi River at Grey Cloud SNA

A view of the Mississippi River at Grey Cloud SNA
© Stephen A. Fuqua.

This project is a citizen science monitoring initiative designed to inventory and monitor the abundance of landbirds in the Mississippi River Twin Cities IBA. Since our first season in 2004, participants have recorded 139 landbird species on 10 sites within the IBA during spring migration and summer breeding seasons. Thank you to all our volunteers who make the program a success!

Learn more about Minnesota's Important Bird Areas and how this citizen science program is working to evaluate the state of landbird species in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Mark Martell, Audubon Minnesota’s Director of Bird Conservation.



How can Important Bird Area data inform planning and bird conservation?

perspective of street planting at intersection with bus stop

© Hayley Bonsteel.

University of Minnesota Landscape Architecture student Hayley Bonsteel used data collected for the Mississippi River Twin Cities IBA Landbird Monitoring Program to help design a Complete Street plan that will support canopy-foraging songbirds migrating through the Twin Cities.

Look through her design boards or booklet to learn more about how we can make our cities better habitat for both humans and wildlife.






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Special thanks to those whose support has made this program possible:

Audubon Minnesota
The Mississippi River Fund: Providing funding to develop the monitoring protocols.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Funding to develop website/database interface. Partial funding for this program is supported by a Grant Agreement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. government.
U.S. National Park Service