This basin lake, if you’ve lived in a cave the last 20 years or so, has grown threefold and swallowed up much in the way of farmland, structures, roads, towns,Â etc. The struggle with the rising water continues apace in north central North Dakota.
Two particular areas have benefitted greatly from the water though. One is the fishing which is about as good as it gets. The other is birds. Lots and lots of birds.
(what was once someone’s tree lot is now a large cormorant rookery)
With many square miles of water and inumerable inlets and bays, birds–especially water-dependant ones like gulls, shorebirds, and waders–are present in numbers usually reserved forÂ AnimalÂ Planet shows or National Geographic.
One fairly new birderÂ recentlyÂ visited and posted the following on the state’s bird listserve: “Got a chance to go to devils lake this past weekend. I have never seen so many birds in one place…I can’t wait to go back.”