Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail

Large flood mitigation projects in the farmlands of northwestern Minnesota have begun to attract massive amounts of migratory and native bird species to the seasonal bodies of water created by human infrastructure.

Completed in partnership with community groups in Northwestern Minnesota, this research report establishes a narrative for the natural and human-influenced history of the landscape of the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland biome and advocates for the creation of a new birding trail. The combination of tourist attraction, flood protection and ecological value created by the impoundments demonstrates how communities, engineers and designers can create multifunctional infrastructure that helps people, nature and businesses simultaneously.