Audubon's Great River Birding Trail (GRBT) was created as a tool for educating people about the ecological significance of the Mississippi River as a globally important flyway for migratory birds. Aside from teaching people about the birds and wildlife of the river, the trail will help stimulate local tourism. The Great River Birding Trail currently follows both sides of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the confluence with the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois. The Trail is named after the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The bird watching sites identified most often by maps include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks and other attractions less than 30 miles from the Great River Road. The sites where people can observe a variety of bird species and enjoy the scenic beauty of the river valley are easily accessible by auto, bicycle or on foot.
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