Birch Haven Resort and it's surrounding area is teeming with wildlife.

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It is possible to hear the loons calling almost anytime during the day or night. Families of ducks will swim right up to the dock and look for bread crumbs to eat. Geese also can be seen swimming on the lake.

During their stay, many guests take a ride in the evening to look for White-tailed deer, as there are deer in many of the fields along the gravel roads.

Last summer, one guest looked out the window to discover a buck and doe walking right past her cabin! There are usually two or more families of loons on Balsam Lake. Guests can see them best in early morning and early evening, when the lake is quiet.

Keep an eye out for eagles and osprey that nest on the lake. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to witness one of them dive in and come up with a fish for dinner. There is usually a black bear or moose sighting by someone during the summer months. On a quiet evening, it is quite possible to hear the wolves howling. You can also spot raccoons, skunks and fox along road sides. And, of course, there is an abundance of rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks in the woods surrounding Birch Haven.

Hummingbirds are frequent visitors to the feeders at each cabin.


Fun Facts: Minnesota has the largest wolf population in the lower 48 states.

Minnesota has 700+ Bald Eagle pairs, 12,000 Common Loons, 20,000+ Black Bears, 1.5 Million White-tailed Deer, and 4,200 Moose. For more information on Minnesota's animals, visit the Minnesota DNR