Where Birds and People Meet!
The Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival has been on-going since the 1990s in one capacity or another. In the early years, just a few sites participated. In 2014 there were 37 events at 7 sites and, despite a rainy Saturday, more than 280 people participated in these events. Highlights include:
- At Richardson Nature Center, 40 participants met a Red-tailed hawk up close and learned what makes raptors such effective predators.
- At North Mississippi Regional Park 15 adults walked along the Mississippi River listening to warblers, orioles, and many more birds during our “Birding by Ear” program, and 40 visitors at Kroening Interpretive Center made hummingbird feeders out of recycled bottles to hang up in their backyards.
- At Wirth Lake in Theodore Wirth Park, 20 people participated in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds bird survey. They counted the number of common urban birds seen and heard within a ten minute time frame and this information was sent to Cornell as part of their citizen science program.
- At the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, 30 people participated in the birding walks held through the weekend.
Save the dates! Next year the Twin Cities Urban birding festival will be June 5-7, 2015.
Check back for a schedule in May 2015!