Located in the Mississippi Flyway, a migratory route for waterfowl and neotropicals, Tara Wildlife provides a great opportunity to view a variety of birds and wildlife throughout the seasons. Guests of our lodges may enjoy birding, walking our self-guided nature trails, or view the many ruby-throated hummingbirds that come to the feeders at our Tara lodge and conference center.
Open Air Birding Bus
Ride through the property on our open air bird watching and wildlife viewing bus and sit back while your tour guides point out seasonal roosting locations and spot birds. Guided tours are available to groups upon request. Let us know when you schedule your lodge stay and we’ll book the tour for you. Download the Tara Wildlife birding list (PDF).
Eight miles of Tara lie along the Mississippi River, providing seasonal nesting and roosting areas for an abundance of wildlife. The Tara and Halpino properties seasonally host a variety of waterfowl, wading, and shore birds during migration including wood storks, and roseate spoonbills.
The Mississippi River Nature Festival is held each August. Activities include bird watching, canoeing and kayaing on the Tara waterways or the Mississippi River, tethered hot air balloon rides, seminars and more. Packages include lodging, reception, meals, nature seminars, open air bus tour, and music for the evening entertainment. Day visitors are welcome.
Spring Birding Weekend
In late April or early May, you can enjoy guided bird watching tours at sunrise and sunset, led by local birding enthusiasts. There are also short seminars on topics of interest at our birding weekends. Packages include meals, lodging, tours, and social events. Day visitors are welcome. View the Spring Birding Weekend page.
Bird Watching by Boat
New to Tara, our guests can now enjoy self-guided birding canoe or kayak excursions on our many oxbow lakes. Get up close and personal with waterfowl and wading birds in their habitat. Please call ahead for pricing and reservations. Canoe rentals are available. Seasonal limitations apply.
Bird Species at Tara
Some of the birds you can find at Tara include
- Wood Stork
- Roseate Spoonbill
- Great Egret
- Prothonotary Warbler
- Painted Bunting
- Indigo Bunting
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Baltimore Oriole
- Bald Eagle
- Barred Owl
- Great Horned Owl
- Wintering waterfowl
- Wading and shore birds
Online Birding Resources and Tips
- Read our article about our favorite online resources for bird identification and beginning birder tips.
- Just starting out bird watching? Read our tips on equipment and suggested resources for beginning birders.
- Learn about the spring migration of birds
- See videos of some of the bird species that migrate to Tara in the spring.
- Read about the fall migration of hummingbirds
- How to focus your binoculars for the best bird viewing