Birding in Three Rivers

Hundreds of different bird species have been seen in Three Rivers parks. Some make their home here year-round and others use our parks as a resting point during their spring or fall migration. We've compiled all of our birding resources along with some from other organizations to give you a comprehensive guide to the birds of our area.

Check out what kind of birds are being found in Three Rivers parks! This map, based on bird sightings logged on eBird, shows where birdwatchers have seen different birds. Filter by park or by species to see what's been spotted where.

Grouped by types of bird, this checklist and observation guide shows in which park, what season and what type of habitat a specific bird is most likely to be found. 

Bring the list with you to help you keep track of how many of the nearly 300 bird species you can spot throughout the year!

Birding Checklist

Grouped by types of bird, this checklist and observation guide shows in which park, what season and what type of habitat a specific bird is most likely to be found. 

Bring the list with you to help you keep track of how many of the nearly 300 bird species you can spot throughout the year!

Recent Big Year of Birds Blog Posts

January 05, 2022

We’re all about birds in 2022! Learn why Three Rivers is celebrating these important creatures throughout the year and how you can join in.

At Three Rivers, it's our nature to preserve and protect native wildlife, including the many birds that use our parks.

Our biologists manage a variety of species by providing suitable habitat and maintaining a healthy but controlled population. Birds we manage are: Canada geese, eastern bluebirds, grassland birds, wood ducks and purple martins.

In addition to managing species, Three Rivers has reintroduced native species like trumpeter swans and osprey into our parks.

Learn about our Wildlife Department and how they're making our parks better for birds. 

Get Involved

Help collect data that scientists use to understand the changing needs and behaviors of birds by participating in a community science project. Here some places to start: 

Three Rivers Parks Birds Guide

Cover of the Three Rivers Park District Pocket Naturalist Guide

Do you want help identifying birds in the parks? Our new Pocket Naturalist® Guide includes illustrations of birds that are commonly found in Three Rivers Park District. This guide is organized by bird type and folds out to show color images of more than 140 species, from the red-tailed hawk and the blue-winged teal to the house sparrow and the solitary sandpiper.

Purchase a Three Rivers Parks Birds pocket guide at select nature centers and visitor centers.