Enjoy Bird Watching at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

common loon flaps his wings as he attempts to discourage an approaching enemy

An easy drive from HighPoint Apartments is an 85-acre non-profit park that includes prairies, woodlands, wetlands, gardens, and a lake: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. This beautiful retreat welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors every year and offers an array of activities from hiking and canoeing to bird watching.

If you’re an avid nature observer, you’ll love identifying these common birds.


Birding at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Common Loons

Common loons are long-bodied waterbirds with black heads and black and white spotted back feathers. These stealthy divers submerge without so much as a splash, catching fish with ease. During flight, common loons have noticeably shallow wingbeats and call to one another with eerie tunes.

Common Nighthawks

Common nighthawks are often seen soaring high above treetops and grasslands, especially on warm summer evenings. You’ll recognize these short-legged birds by their gray, white, and black feathers and distinct silhouette. Listen for their common “peent” or “beer” calls. You may also hear the throaty cluck females make to defend their nests.

Black-capped Chickadees

Black-capped chickadees are small, charming birds with short bills. They are about the size of a sparrow and have white cheeks, soft gray backs, and black bibs. These birds are acrobatic and can perch sideways or upside down, and they often make their home in alder or birch trees. Black-capped chickadees are also quite chatty. Listen for their “fee-bee” and “hey sweetie” calls.


The Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens is just one of the outdoor attractions near our apartment community. Additionally, we are in proximity to wonderful shopping and dining opportunities. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us! Our friendly leasing agents would be happy to arrange a private tour and show you our amenities firsthand. We can’t wait to welcome you to the neighborhood.

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