Bird Island is a city on U.S. Route 212 in Renville County, Minnesota, United States. The city is named for a nearby 60-acre (243,000 m²) island. At one time, the island, was surrounded by sloughs and covered with many huge, beautiful trees, which were a refuge for thousands of birds, gave the town it's name. After the installation of ditches and tile the area was converted to farmland, erasing the town's namesake. KSTP TV, Channel 5 weather forecaster, Barry ZeVann, (Minneapolis NBC affiliate at the time) often listed the temperature in Bird Island during his weather forecasts in the 1970s.