Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities

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Where Birds and People Meet!

June 5-7, 2015

The 2015 Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival is going to be great! With over 40 events at 13 different locations there is something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Three easy ways to plan your weekend:

1.     Map of events

2.     Schedule by location below

3.     Schedule by day (PDF)

ENJOY!


Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center, 9750 Egret Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Ospreys

Saturday, June 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm (drop in anytime)

Each year, the West Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park has a pair of nesting ospreys. In honor of the Urban Birding Festival, come watch as parent birds raise their young. You will witness osprey natural behaviors, nesting practices, and hopefully food delivery to the chicks! Bring your own binoculars or use ours. Spotting scopes will be available for use. All ages welcome!

For more information, please contact Emily Foubert at efoubert@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7693.


Free Binocular and Bird Backpack Use

Friday and Saturday, June 5 - 6, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday, June 7, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Adults and children can check out a pair of binoculars for free! Use our backpacks, full of activities and supplies, to bird on your own along the Mississippi River! (Please bring a form of ID for check out).

For more information, please contact Emily Foubert at efoubert@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7693.


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422


Early Birders

Saturday, June 6, 7:30am - 9:00am

This program is designed for individuals who have some experience with field guides and binoculars, and wish to practice finding and identifying birds. In addition to bird identification, we will focus on birding by ear, bird behavior, and bird habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow ours. Meet at the Garden parking lot. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.


Spring Birding at the Garden

Saturday, June 6, 9:30am - 11:00am

Join a Garden Naturalist on a walk through the Garden to see what birds have returned to Minnesota and what resident birds survived our winter. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow ours. Meet in the Garden parking lot. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.

 

Raptors in Ink – Family Studio with MIA

Saturday, June 6, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Stop by the Garden between 12pm and 2pm to and show off your artistic talent! Join an artist from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to learn about our exhibit The Nature of Nature and try your hand at ink painting inspired by these fierce, resilient birds. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Garden’s front gate or Visitors Shelter if inclement weather. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.


Celebrate Urban Birds Count

Saturday, June 6, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Sunday June 7, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Join a naturalist between 12pm and 2pm on June 6th and June 7th to participate in citizen science! We will be counting birds seen around the Garden and sending that data to the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Meet outside the Garden front gate. New count starts every 30 minutes. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.


Birding at the Quaking Bog

Saturday, June 6, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What birds prefer tamarack trees over oak trees? Meet at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden parking lot and take a stroll looking for birds over to the Quaking Bog as part of the Urban Birding Festival. We’ll look for woodpeckers, robins, warblers, wrens, and more. Wear sturdy walking shoes you won’t mind getting a little wet as we venture into the Cities most unique wetland. Meet at the Quaking Bog parking lot. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.


Bird Beak Adaptations

Sunday, June 7, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Each bird has a different type of beak to get the specific type of food they enjoy eating. Try out several different stations to figure out which common tool works a lot like a bird's beak. Free activity for all ages! Meet at the Garden front gate. Walk ups welcome!

For more information, please contact Holly Fetzer at hfetzer@minneapolisparks.org or 612-370-4903.


Minnesota National Guard

Arden Hills Army Training Site, 4761 Hamline Avenue North, Arden Hills, MN  55112

 

Introduction to Birdwatching

Friday, June 5, 6:30am - 8:30am

Join the Minnesota National Guard on a 2-mile walk at the Arden Hills Army Training Site and learn the basics of birdwatching by the prairie, woodland edge, and marsh edge! Participants must be over the age of 18. No registration required.


Introduction to Birdwatching/Bird Photography 

Saturday June 6, 6:30am - 9:30am
Saturday June 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Join the Minnesota National Guard on a 2-mile walk at the Arden Hills Army Training Site and learn the basics of birdwatching by the prairie, woodland edge, and marsh edge with emphasis on photographing birds in their natural habitat! Participants must be over the age of 18. No registration required.


Intermediate Birding

Sunday June 7, 6:30am - 9:00am

Join the Minnesota National Guard on a 3.5-mile walk at the Arden Hills Army Training Site and learn the basics of birdwatching by the prairie, woodland edge, and marsh edge! Participants must be over the age of 18. No registration required.

For more information, please contact Mary Lee at mary.l.lee.civ@mail.mil.


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Bloomington)

Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Auditorium), 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425


An Original Duckumentary (Auditorium)

Friday, June 5, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Ducks are born knowing how to survive. They must make it through a gauntlet of hungry predators, but in the end, ducks have a talent for survival, and their life stories are filled with personality and charm.  Featuring a selection of the world's divers, dabblers, waddlers, and gliders, this film highlights the remarkable adaptations and behaviors of one of our favorite species. Programs are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Judy Geck at judy_geck@fws.gov or 952-854-5900.


Backyard Birding Hike

Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am-11:00 am

Have you ever seen a bird in your neighborhood and wondered what it was?  Join us for this fun introduction to urban birds and explore the many kinds of feathered friends living in your own backyard. New to birdwatching? No problem! Our knowledgeable staff can help you hone your skills. Binoculars and field guides are provided for this hike.

Patrick Bryant, Refuge Naturalist


Family Nature Hike

Saturday, June 6, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm

Bring your whole family and hike the Hillside Trail.  We will look for the most common birds found on the refuge and help you identify them.  You will be amazed at how many you will find in your own backyard!  Bird Banding 


Bird Banding (meet on patio)

Sunday, June 7, 7:00am - 8:00am

Join Fish and Wildlife staff for bird banding demonstrations.  Programs are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Judy Geck at judy_geck@fws.gov or 952-854-5900.


Nesting Birds on the Refuge

Sunday, June 7, 8:00am - 9:30am

Over 100 species of birds have been observed nesting in the Refuge. Join Craig Mandel, our Volunteer Refuge Naturalist, on a search for some of those 100 nesting species and document the birds we do find.  Bring along your binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather. Programs are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Judy Geck at judy_geck@fws.gov or 952-854-5900.


Bird Language Leaders

Sunday, June 7, 9:00am - 2:00pm 

Come spend the day exploring the dynamic interconnections of nature through learning bird language. Birds are the “alarm system” of the forest, broadcasting the whereabouts of hawks, owls, foxes and more through their calls and postures. Learn through a combination of engaging presentations coupled with guided field observation techniques. Topics include: Understanding the five voices of the birds; Interpreting the building blocks of bird language; Engaging the senses in nature; Key species for learning bird language; And more!

Learn from experienced nature connection leaders who will provide instruction and insight into the power of bird language as a doorway into deep nature connection. In just a few hours, you’ll gain the core tools for interpreting bird language that you can use to enhance your own birding experiences. Learn more at http://www.birdlanguage.com.

This free workshop is being presented by Jonathan Poppele and members of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project (http://www.mntracking.org) in collaboration with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. 

For more information, please contact Jonathan Poppele at poppele@umn.edu or 612-388-4700.


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Bass Ponds)

Bass Ponds, 2501 86th Street East, Bloomington, MN 55425

National Trails Day Bird Walk

Saturday, June 6, 7:30am - 8:30am 

Uplands, wetlands, streams and ponds all come together in the Bass Ponds.  Explore the layers of ideal bird habitat with Ranger Judy as we descend from the bluff to the river valley.  Binoculars provided.

For more information, please contact Judy Geck at judy_geck@fws.gov or 952-854-5900.


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Carver)

Summer Birding
Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15847 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
Saturday, June 6, 8:30 am-11:30 am
Hike the western portion of the Refuge and meet the birds that nest there.  Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, and many species of warblers and grassland sparrows are some of the many birds you will see on this hike.
George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Refuge Naturalists


North Mississippi Regional Park

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN 55430


Birding By Ear

Saturday, June 6, 7:00am - 9:00 am

Identify breeding birds by their songs and calls over muffins and refreshments. Learn about each “musician” and some visual clues! Reservations required. Register here.

Fee: $5 (*20% discount for groups of 4 or more)

Ages: 12+.

For more information, please contact Emily Foubert at efoubert@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7693.


Free Family Fun Day - Urban Backyard Birds

Sunday, June 7, 1:00pm - 3:00pm  (drop in anytime)

Ever wonder what those birds are you see in your backyard or on your way to work?  Come and learn about the common birds we see and hear in our area. Ages all welcome!

For more information, please contact Emily Foubert at efoubert@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7693.


Free Binocular and Bird Backpack Use

Friday and Saturday, June 5 - 6, 9:00am - 5:00pm,

Sunday, June 7, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Adults and children can check out a pair of binoculars for free! Use our backpacks, full of activities and supplies, to bird on your own along the Mississippi River! (Please bring a form of ID for check out). 

For more information, please contact Emily Foubert at efoubert@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7693.

 

Ramsey County's Tamarack Nature Center

Drop In Discovery Stations - Bird Banding

Tamarack Nature Center 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Saturday, June 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Tamarack’s Discovery Hosts will be on-hand on Saturday morning with nature’s most wonderful surprises! Stop by anytime between 10am and Noon on Saturday morning. This week, see bird banders do their work up close as they capture, record, band and release native birds.

For more information, please contact Megan Nysse at megan.nysse@co.ramsey.mn.us or 651-407-5350.

 

The Raptor Center

University of Minnesota, 1920 Fitch Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55108


On-site Tours

Friday, June 5, 10:30am – 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

The Raptor Center offers informal tours of our center to the public. The tours are free, however we suggest a donation. On Friday, tours start every half an hour from 10:30am - 3:30pm. On Saturday and Sunday, tours start every half an hour from 12:30pm - 3:30pm and last 30 minutes.

For more information, please contact The Raptor Center at raptored@umn.edu or 612-624-4745.


Raptors of Minnesota

Saturday and Sunday, June 6 - 7, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Meet a variety of live raptors and learn what you can do to help protect the environment we share. Program includes a tour of The Raptor Center and the outdoor housing area, home of 32 education raptors. No reservations taken. Openings available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $5.50 per child/student and $8.00 per adult. There is a size limit of 45 people.

For more information, please contact Sunny at raptored@umn.edu or 612-624-4745.

 

Richardson Nature Center

Richardson Nature Center 8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438

Free Family Fun Day: Raptors in the Yard

Sunday, June 7, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Drop in anytime to meet the raptors at the Richardson Nature Center! Free activity for all ages. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact Michael Gottschalk at MGottschalk@threeriversparkdistrict.org or 763-694-7676.

 

Saint Paul Natural Resources (Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom)

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom  Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103


Bluebird Trail Tour

Friday, June 5, 10:00am - 11:30am 

Learn about the lives of urban bluebirds! We'll take an off-trail stroll through the park and check nest boxes maintained by volunteers. If conditions allow, participants will get a glimpse of life inside the boxes. Pre-registration required. Register at http://bit.ly/BluebirdTour15.

This event is part of the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul initiative. Participation in these events qualifies participants to enter the drawing for prizes. For more information, visit the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul website.

For more information, please contact Faith Krogstad at faith.krogstad@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2455. 


Birding for Beginners

Saturday, June 6, 9:00am - 10:30am

Ever wonder what birds call Saint Paul home? Come to this beginner birding workshop with biology professor Joan McKearnan to identify common birds and pick up tips and tricks of birdwatching. Binoculars and field guides provided for use during the program. Register at http://bit.ly/UBFBirding15.

This event is part of the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul initiative. Participation in these events qualifies participants to enter the drawing for prizes. For more information, visit the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul website.

For more information, please contact Faith Krogstad at faith.krogstad@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2455. 


Saint Paul Natural Resources (Como Lakeside Path)

Como Lakeside Path near the Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103


Family Birding Fun

Sunday, June 7, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us for a variety of Urban Birding Festival activities including making birdfeeders, birdwatching around the lake, learning about bird habitat, and more! No pre-registration required. More information athttp://bit.ly/FamilyBirdingFun15.

This event is part of the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul initiative. Participation in these events qualifies participants to enter the drawing for prizes. For more information, visit the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul website.

For more information, please contact Faith Krogstad at faith.krogstad@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2455. 

 


Storywalk

Sunday, June 7, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Read while you walk! Pages from More by I.C. Springman will be on display along the park path. Brought to you by Saint Paul Natural Resources and Saint Paul Public Library. No pre-registration required.  More information at http://bit.ly/UBFStorywalk15.

This event is part of the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul initiative. Participation in these events qualifies participants to enter the drawing for prizes. For more information, visit the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul website.

For more information, please contact Faith Krogstad at faith.krogstad@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2455. 

 

Springbrook Nature Center

Public Bird Banding Program

Springbrook Nature Center 100 85th Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432

Sunday, June 7, Anytime between 7:00am-12:00pm

Participate in one of Minnesota's longest running bird banding programs by visiting Springbrook Nature Center!  Watch our bird banders catch, band, study and release a wide variety of birds!

For more information, please contact Mike Maher at mike.maher@fridleymn.gov or 763-572-3588.

 

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Westwood Hills Nature Center 8300 W Franklin Ave, St. Louis Park, MN 55426


Puppet Story Time: Urban Birding

Friday, June 5, 10:00am - 11:00am, Saturday, June 6, 3:00am - 4:00pm

The puppets at Westwood Hills are ready to share their favorite stories, jokes, and facts about birds! Participants will also make a feeder to share with the birds in their neighborhood and go on a bird hike to look and listen for birds.

For more information, please contact Greg Feinberg at gfeinberg@stlouispark.org or 952-924-2544.


Spring Birds Hike

Saturday, June 6, 9:00am - 10:30am

Spend the morning with a bird enthusiast looking for spring migrants! Nearly 200 bird species have been sited at Westwood over the years.  Come out for a hike and discover what birds are here!

For more information, please contact Greg Feinberg at gfeinberg@stlouispark.org or 952-924-2544.

 

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