South Dakota Ornithologists' Union

Dedicated to increasing knowledge about bird life in South Dakota

South Dakota Birding

Where East Meets West

South Dakota is blessed with many varied habitats from the western edge of the tallgrass prairie to the more westerly shortgrass prairie and on into the small mountainous region known as the Black Hills. A trip across the state can provide the birder with a list that ranges from Blue-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, Henslow's Sparrow, Wood Thrush and Rose-breasted Grosbeak to Burrowing Owl, Violet-green Swallow, White-throated Swift, Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager, Black-backed Woodpecker, Virginia's Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak and American Dipper. See why we love birding South Dakota!

Let's Go Birding

Calendar of Events

Christmas Bird Counts, SDOU spring and fall meetings, and local bird club outings provide an opportunity to bird with and learn from others. Check out the upcoming events on our calendar and make plans to attend.

  • Next Event: SDOU Fall Meeting - Sioux Falls - 9/30/2022
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Of South Dakota birding

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