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Pigs Eye Regional Park and Scientific and Natural Area


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81 Fish Hatchery Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
United States

(??.? miles from you)


Pigs Eye Regional Park and Scientific and Natural Area


(??.? miles from you)

81 Fish Hatchery Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
United States


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Why You Should Go...

Pig's Eye Regional Park is located along the Mississippi River in a section of the river where ecology, landscape, history, culture, and institutions combine in a complex and exciting way. The former landfill

Pig's Eye Scientific and Natural Area contains a large heron rookery and is closed during bird nesting season (April 1 - July 5). This rookery is the Upper Midwest's largest and most diverse colonial nesting site. Species that are found nesting in this rookery include great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, and double-crested cormorants. This is one of four places in the state where the yellow-crowned night-herons are known the rest.

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Why You Should Go...

Pig's Eye Regional Park is located along the Mississippi River in a section of the river where ecology, landscape, history, culture, and institutions combine in a complex and exciting way. The former landfill was remediated and turned into a park featuring a 500-acre lake, hiking trails, and bird watching areas.

Pig's Eye Scientific and Natural Area contains a large heron rookery and is closed during bird nesting season (April 1 - July 5). This rookery is the Upper Midwest's largest and most diverse colonial nesting site. Species that are found nesting in this rookery include great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, and double-crested cormorants. This is one of four places in the state where the yellow-crowned night-herons are known the rest.

What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

Extra Fun...

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Bald eagles also nest in the immediate vicinity and may often be seen roosting in trees on the island.

There are no trails in the Scientific and Natural Area, and access is only possible by boat when the island is not closed for nesting birds.

Fun Facts

Research here has included the study of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in migratory birds based on chemical analysis of great blue heron eggs. PFCs bio-accumulate in organisms and have been found to have some health effects in animals.

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Why You Should Go...

Pig's Eye Regional Park is located along the Mississippi River in a section of the river where ecology, landscape, history, culture, and institutions combine in a complex and exciting way. The former landfill was remediated and turned into a park featuring a 500-acre lake, hiking trails, and bird watching areas.

Pig's Eye Scientific and Natural Area contains a large heron rookery and is closed during bird nesting season (April 1 - July 5). This rookery is the Upper Midwest's largest and most diverse colonial nesting site. Species that are found nesting in this rookery include great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, and double-crested cormorants. This is one of four places in the state where the yellow-crowned night-herons are known the rest.

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What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

EXTRA FUN

Insider Info

Bald eagles also nest in the immediate vicinity and may often be seen roosting in trees on the island.

There are no trails in the Scientific and Natural Area, and access is only possible by boat when the island is not closed for nesting birds.

Fun Facts

Research here has included the study of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in migratory birds based on chemical analysis of great blue heron eggs. PFCs bio-accumulate in organisms and have been found to have some health effects in animals.

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