Palmer Lake is Brooklyn Center's largest natural environmental preserve. This 271-acre basin is shared between Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. The lake and surrounding marshes provide habitat for numerous wildlife in an urban setting. This chain of parks and trails is a great spot to bike, hike or birdwatch. The Palmer Lake loop offers 3.1 miles of paved trails. Many birds can be found in this diverse and unique area that is surrounded by urban development on all sides. Birds to watch for are the American Redstart, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal and the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.