If you keep your eyes peeled, you can see birds just about anywhere during spring migration. But to have the best chance to see lots of birds, head to a nearby lake, creek or one of these metro-area locations:

Eloise Butler Wild Flower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Theodore Wirth Pkwy. and Glenwood Av., Mpls. Opens April 1. minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/gardens__bird_sanctuaries

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Education and Visitor Center

3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington. fws.gov/refuge/ minnesota_valley

Old Cedar Avenue bridge

South end of Old Cedar Rd. (south of E. Old Shakopee Rd.)

Purgatory Creek and Mitchell Marsh, Eden Prairie


Three Rivers Park District

Parks and trails located throughout the metro area


T.S. Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Lake Harriet, Mpls.

Main entrance is adjacent to the parking lot for Lyndale Park Gardens. audubonchapterofminneapolis.org/ roberts-bird-sanctuary

Veterans Memorial Park

6335 Portland Av. S., Richfield. cityofrichfield.org/ departments/parks-and-recreation/veterans-park

Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W. Franklin Av., St. Louis Park. 160 acres of marsh, woods, restored prairie. westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org

Wood Lake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Dr., Richfield. Wildlife area with floating boardwalk. cityofrichfield.org/around-town/ wood-lake-nature-center

Jim Williams