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Fun Bird Activities for Spring

Spring is finally here! Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh spring sights and sounds. See some fun options below.  

Indigo Bunting Photo: Arlo West/Audubon Photography Awards

Trees and other plants are beginning to grow and show off their spring colors, beneficial insects seem to magically appear, and our beloved migratory birds and returning to their breeding grounds. Join Audubon in welcoming spring and the many migratory bird species through these bird-friendly (and Earth-friendly) activities.

Go Trash Birding

Now that the snow and ice has melted, you have probably noticed a lot of trash laying around. Trash is a serious hazard for birds and other wildlife, and trash also has a negative impact on water quality. Grab your gardening or work gloves and a garbage bag to take along on your next nature hike or birdwatching walk and pick up trash along the way.

Watch for Hummingbirds

Early May is when Minnesota typically welcomes back Ruby-throated hummingbirds! These tiny birds weigh less than a nickel and travel incredible distances during migration. Here are a couple ways we can welcome hummingbirds to our yards. 

How to make hummingbird nectar: https://www.audubon.org/news/how-make-hummingbird-nectar

Audubon’s Hummingbirds At Home project: https://www.audubon.org/hummingbirds-home

Grow your own Birdfeeder

Provide sustenance for birds with Audubon’s Plants for Birds resources! Native plant species help support birds in a number of ways. Native plants provide shelter, nesting locations, and food resources like seeds, berries, nectar, and beneficial insects that many birds need to feed their young.

Check out this webpage to discover what you can add to green spaces to welcome birds and support them throughout the year.

https://www.audubon.org/PLANTSFORBIRDS

Find Kid-friendly Activities 

Audubon has been releasing weekly segments just for kids/families. Each segment spotlights something fun and new about the lives of birds. It's loaded with fun learning and DIY activities that celebrate birds and encourage kids to get outside.
https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids

Bird Protection Law Severely Weakened by New Rule
News

Bird Protection Law Severely Weakened by New Rule

— 100-year-old bipartisan conservation law undermined by new policy changes
Results from Bird-collision Study in Downtown Minneapolis Published
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Results from Bird-collision Study in Downtown Minneapolis Published

— The two-year study documents bird collisions at U.S. Bank Stadium and other buildings in Minneapolis
New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change
News

New Audubon report details effects of climate change

— Learn how climate change will impact your birds and your community and what you can do to help.
Austin celebrates Bird City Minnesota designation
Upper Mississippi River Program

Austin celebrates Bird City Minnesota designation

— Austin recognized as a Bird City during the Intl. Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, Oct. 5
City of Austin to celebrate becoming a Bird City
Bird-Friendly Communities

City of Austin: Now a Bird City!

— Join us for the Bird City designation during the International Migratory Bird Day
Birds in Focus brings together birds and photography
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Birds in Focus brings birds and photography

— Audubon, Canon and Best Buy are hosting free bird photography event at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Wetland managers need to “scale up” restoration planning according to new paper
Conservation

New paper concludes that wetland management needs to “scale up”

— Recent marsh bird surveys throughout Minnesota reveal the importance of landscape-level conservation efforts
Audubon Minnesota announces Rob Schultz as new Executive Director
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Rob Schultz announced as new Executive Director

— Schultz will begin his new role overseeing work in Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi Flyway

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