Detroit Lakes is nestled in the heart of a transition zone between tall grass prairie, northern hardwood and conifer forest ecosystems in MN. Add a landscape of wetlands and lakes and the result is more than 250 species flocking here each spring. The festival kicks off Thursday, May 18 with a fun bird trivia social at Hub 41, with a second-level view of Detroit Lake and the city beach. Field trip leaders and a naturalist help you get looks at numerous bird species on Friday and Saturday morning field trips. Friday evening, Carrol Henderson presents Butterflies and Moths of the American Tropics, through striking color photos of the species. Join Saturday lunch and learn with Dr. Jenn Sweatman on bird I.D. tips and how the environment impacts birds. Exhibitors and silent auction Saturday afternoon at M State College followed by Audubon’s chief conservation officer Marshall Johnson revealing Audubon’s initiative, and how we can play a role, in preserving birds of the Americas. With so many threats and challenges to birds, this presentation gives us hope in preventing extinction of more species. Online registration. for this 26th annual event.