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New signs to promote bird watching opportunities in Brainerd lakes area

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outdoors Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Event dedicates focus on bird watching

PEQUOT LAKES — New signs will soon be visible along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway driving route in the lakes area to promote birding.

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A Birds of the Byway sign dedication event is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Rice Lake/Lowell Wildlife Management Area (WMA) just east of Pequot Lakes on County Road 11.

These new Birds of the Byway signs will accompany the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway signage at five locations in Crow Wing County, identifying unique wildlife viewing areas for travelers and the communities.

The new signs, the logo for Birds of the Byway, feature trees, lakes and Paul Bunyan himself along with a few of his flying friends.

Sign locations include Rice Lake/ Lowell WMA, Uppgaard WMA, Chiarella FMA, Veterans Trail (County Road 16) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campground and Park in Crosslake.

Judd Brink, owner and guide of Birds of the Byway, approached the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Crow Wing County Highway Department about this concept. Both quickly approved the idea. The new signs are uniquely designed for the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway that signifies the popularity of birding in the Brainerd lakes area.

“Birding is a popular recreational activity” Brink said in a news release. “Wildlife viewing is the second largest recreational activity in the country and Minnesota is fifth in the nation with participation in this activity.”

Birdsofthebyway.com was launched in 2010 to promote bird watching and other wildlife related activities along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. The interactive site features local birding locations and recent bird sightings.

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