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2014   Minnesota Birding Festivals,
         Field Trips & Meetings

Twin Cities Audubon Chapter Field Trip Info
    Minnesota River Valley Audubon
    Saint Paul Audubon Society
    Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis
Compiled by
 Bob Ekblad 
April 2014
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April 19 - Hasting Area Birding Day
 
  • The event will be based at the Carpenter Nature Center with field trips to surrounding areas
  • Highlights are: Youth Big Day Birding Competition, "Landscaping for Wildlife" talk by Carrol Henderson, an "Introduction to Birding" class, a "Raptors 101" class, bird banding demonstrations and guided field trips in the Hastings area
  • Emphasis will be toward the youth, including a big day birding competition for youth 15 & under and for those 16-18 years old
  • Donation requested.  Click here to see the flyer for the event
April 26 - Salt Lake Birding Weekend
 
  • Headquartered in Marietta / Madison with birding in Lac Qui Parle and Big Stone counties.  Lodging is available in Madison, Montevideo, Dawson, Appleton or Canby.  Camping is available at Prairie Marsh Farm, 1770 151st Ave., Marietta, located 7 miles west of US 75 and 1.5 miles south of US 212 (for more info, contact Ken Larson - see below).
  • Meet Saturday at 7am at the Marietta American Legion located one block west of Co. Rd. 7 on Hwy 40 (11 mi west of Madison).  Coffee & sweet rolls will be available for purchase.  Between 7am and 8am guided caravans will head out on field trips to Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge and the surrounding areas.  Sloppy joes and cake will be available at the legion at noon where you can compare notes with other groups.  Trips will head out again in the afternoon.
  • Saturday evening chicken dinner for $10 will be served at 7:30pm at the Sons of Norway Hall on Hwy 75 in Madison, eleven miles east of Marietta. Reservations are required for the dinner (see web page below for contact information).  After dinner there will be a short program and the species tally for the day.  Sunday birding is on your own or stop at the Prairie Marsh Farm for directions to local sites.  The farm is at 1770 151st Ave, Marietta, located 7 miles west of US 75 and 1.5 miles south of US 212.
  • Check out the web page about the event.  For more info contact Ken Larson - phone is 952-595-9265.
 
May 2014
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May 3 - Rice Lake NWR celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
 
  • Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center, located five miles south of McGregor on Highway 65, will be open from 7 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 7 pm.  Check out their website for additional information.
May 10-11 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Minnesota River Valley
[note - a May 9 pre-MBW may be added to the schedule (tbd)
 
  • Base in New Ulm - $50
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
May 10 - Boulder Birding Big Day
 
May 10 - Morrison County - Crane Meadows NWR Spring Bird Tour
 
  • Tour lasts from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.  Meet at the Platte River trail kiosk at the entrance to the NWR headquarters. Led by Milt Blomberg on behalf of the "Friends of Crane Meadows".  
  • MOU afternoon extension, 12:30 to 5:00 PM, visit other NWR or Little Falls birding sites. Sign up with Milton Blomberg (mjbflwrmt@msn.com)
May 15-16-17-18 - Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds
 
  • Sponsored by Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Featured speaker is TBD.
    Includes workshops on a variety of topics and fieldtrips to several area birding locations such as Agassiz and Tamarac NWR, Rothsay and Bluestem Prairies.
  • This year there will be an overnight field trip to Winnipeg Canada. Leaders for this trip include Carrol Henderson, Sharon "birdchick" Stiteler and Erick Bruhnke. The route will follow the new Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail with stops to include the Agassiz Valley Impoundment in Warren MN and Oak Hammock Marsh WMA and Narcisse WMA, both in Manitoba. A passport is required.  Registration and payment must be received by April 18th 2013 to reserve lodging.
  • For additional information contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of commerce at 1-800-542-3992 ext 730 or contact Kelly Blackledge via email.  Online registration and other information is available at www.visitdetroitlakes.com
May 17 - Saint John’s Arboretum Spring Birding Day
 
  • Spend a morning hiking through the woods on the grounds of the Saint John's Arboretum with birders during peak migration.  Groups are led by experienced birders and people who know the area.  Meet at the Pendulum in the New Science Center at 5:30am to 1:00pm or at 8:00am to 1:00pm.  Early risers will be stunned by the abundance of birds active early in the day.  Coffee and rolls will be served at 8:00am with lunch at 12:30pm.  Cost is $12 for Arboretum members; $16 for nonmembers. Preregistration required via phone 320-363-3163 or e-mail.
  • A list of birds seen at Saint John’s in its 150 year history are posted here.
  • For more information check out the web site or contact Thomas Kroll.
May 17 - Hawk Ridge St Louis County Big Day
 
  • Sponsored by Friends of Hawk Ridge
  • More information and forms on their web page
  • Proceeds to support Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
May 23 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Polk County
 
  • Base in Crookston - $30
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
May 24-25-26 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Northwestern Minnesota I
 
  • Base in Hallock - $75
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
May 30-31 - Boreal Birding Workshop - Grand Marais
 
  • Sponsored by the North House Folk School in Grand Marais
  • Leader:  Bob Janssen
  • See details at the Folk School web site
May 30 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Park Point, North Shore, Sax-Zim Bog
 
  • Base in Duluth - $30
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
May 31 - June 1 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Cook County
 
  • Base in Grand Marais - $55
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
June 2014
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June 6-7-8 - Boreal Birding and Northern Landscapes Festival
 
  • Headquartered at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior
  • More than a dozen different courses and workshops are at the heart of the festival.  Courses range from 1 to 3 days in length.
  • The Superior National Forest has a total of 155 species of birds that breed within its boundaries, more species than in any other national forest.
  • For registration and detail event schedule and information go to the North House Folk School web site or contact them by e-mail or via phone at 1-888-387-9762
June 6-7-8 - Birding Bonanza Weekend - Audubon Center of the North Woods
 
  • Headquartered at the Audubon Center of the North Woods near Sandstone
  • Event fee includes food, lodging and programs
  • For more info or to register, call 888-404-7743 or check out their web site.
June 6-7-8 - Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival
 
  • Everyone, from brand-new to experienced birders, is invited to take part in all or part of this Twin Cities wide event.  Most events do not require registration and most are free.
  • Events are scheduled at several birding locations and nature centers throughout the Twin Cities.
  • The full schedule is posted on Minnesota Audubon's website.
June 6 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Lake County
 
  • Base in Two Harbors - $30
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
June 7-8 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Cook County
 
  • Base in Grand Marais - $55
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
June 7-8-9 - Birding Bonanza Festival  -  Audubon Center of the North Woods
 
  • Audubon Center of the North Woods, near Sandstone, MN, is a 535-acre nature sanctuary of hardwood forests, pine groves, wetlands and tall grass prairies situated on the shoreline of picturesque Grindstone Lake
  • Field trips are planned to state parks and forests, scientific and natural areas and national wildlife refuges, all within 1 hour drive.
  • The program schedule and registration information for the event can be found on their web site.  You can also download their brochure and promotional flyer as well.
June 20 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Pine County
 
  • Base in Hinckley - $30
  • Leader:  Craig Mandel
  • See details on the MBW web site
June 21-22 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Aitkin County
 
  • Base in McGregor - $55
  • Leader:  Craig Mandel
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
July 2014
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July 25 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Traverse & Grant Counties
 
  • Base in Morris - $30
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
July 26-27 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Stevens & Big Stone Counties
 
  • Base in Morris - $50
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
August 2014
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August 1-2-3 - Shorebird Workshop
 
  • Doug Buri and Bob Janssen will lead a workshop based in Milbank, SD but will have most field trips into Minnesota.  The fee for this workshop is $160 which includes lunch on Saturday.
  • Contact Doug Buri for registration and additional information at dougburi@tnics.com or check out their web page at www.itctel.com/buri/SHOREBIRD.
August 16 - Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah Festival
 
  • Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah is a FREE one-day bird festival held the third weekend of August when ruby-throated hummingbirds can be seen in large numbers as they stop in Henderson at feeders and nectar producing plants on their southward journey to Mexico and Central America, where they spend the winter. 
  • The festival promotes the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of these amazing little birds. 
  • A licensed hummingbird bander catches and band birds, allowing you to see them up close and learn about hummingbird research. The Hurrah includes a garden tour, speakers, book signing sessions, children’s activities, and a Hummingbird Mall with food, art, craft, specialty, and information vendors.
  • For more information the organizers can be contacted at hendersonfeathers@gmail.com or by calling 612-229-5210.
August 29 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip - Upper & Lower Red Lakes
 
  • Base in Bemidji - $30
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
August 30-31 & Sep 1 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Northwestern Minnesota II
 
  • Base in Warroad - $70
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
September 2014
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September 18-19-20-21 - Road Scholar - Fall Hawk Program
 
  • The program will include hawk watching activities at Hawk Ridge in Duluth
  • This is an Elderhostel / Road Scholar event coordinated by Vermilion Community College
  • Registration and detail event schedule and information will be available soon.
September 19-20-21 - Hawk Ridge Weekend
 
  • Sponsored by Friends of Hawk Ridge, Duluth
  • Friday evening includes a social, optional dinner buffet, cash bar, coffee/desserts, auction preview, "Guess-the-Number-of-Hawks Contest", annual member meeting, awards and a speaker.
  • Both Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of field trips and workshops at and away from the Ridge. Hawkwatching, interpretive programs, banded raptor and passerine demonstrations, optics displays, merchandise, and refreshments will be offered at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve main overlook.
  • Saturday evening will serve as a fundraising benefit for Hawk Ridge. The event will include a social, cash bar, dinner buffet, live & silent auction with wonderful packages, and a presentation.
  • All activities at the Hawk Ridge main overlook (on East Skyline Parkway) are open to the public.  The other events require registration.  Space for evening events, speakers, workshops, and field trips is limited, so be sure to register early!
  • For more details about Hawk Weekend or for online registration, visit http://www.hawkridge.org/events/hawkweekend.html.  You can also make contact by calling 218-428-6209 or e-mail to mail@hawkridge.org.
September 26 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Fall Duluth I
 
  • Base in Duluth - $25
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
September 27 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Fall Duluth II
 
  • Base in Duluth - $20
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
September 28 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Fall Duluth III
 
  • Base in Duluth - $15
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
October 2014
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October 3-4-5 - Sparrow Workshop - including Big Stone / La Qui Parle Counties
 
  • Based in Milbank, South Dakota - just across the border from Ortonville, MN
  • Field trips will be in South Dakota as well as Big Stone NWR in Minnesota
  • Cost is $140 plus a non-refundable $25 registration fee
  • Leaders:  Doug Buri & Bob Janssen
  • See details on Doug Buri's web site
October 17 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre-trip - Murray County
 
  • Base in Pipestone - $25
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
October 18-19 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Rock & Pipestone Counties
 
  • Base in Windom - $40
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
October 18-19-20 - Grand Marais Autumn Migration Birding Festival
 
  • Hosted by the North House Folk School, an educational nonprofit, in cooperation with the US Forest Service.
  • Headquarters at Grand Marais with morning field trips led be highly experienced birders are at the festival’s core.  Trips explore the Lake Superior shoreline along the entire length of the Sawtooth Mountains up to the Canadian border at Grand Portage.
  • Complementing morning field trips are afternoon workshops as well as two featured evening programs.
  • For information, check the Grand Marais Visitor Information Center web site or contact the North House Folk school at 1-888-387-9762 or by e-mail
October 29 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip Duluth
 
  • Base in Duluth - $20
  • Leader:  Craig Mandel
  • See details on the MBW web site
October 30-31 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - North Shore I
 
  • Base in Duluth / Grand Marais - $40
  • Leader:  Craig Mandel
  • See details on the MBW web site
October 31 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - pre trip Mille Lacs
 
  • Base in Garrison - $20
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
November 2014
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November 1-2 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - North Shore II
 
  • Base in Duluth / Grand Marais - $40
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
Project FeederWatch  (runs from Nov 8th through April 3rd)
 
  • Participants count the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders each week and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • To learn more and to sign up, visit www.feederwatch.org or call the Lab toll-free at (800) 843-2473. In return for the $15 fee ($12 for Lab members) participants receive the FeederWatcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds in their area, a calendar, complete instructions, and the FeederWatch annual report, Winter Bird Highlights.
 
December 2014
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December 5 - MOU Board Meeting
 
  • 6:00 pm at - location to be determined
  • Open to all Minnesota Ornithologists' Union members
December 6 - MOU Paper Session
 
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Minnesota (corner of Church St & University Ave)
  • Papers presented on various bird related topics; Displays available in the museum halls all day
  • MOU business meeting and election of officers
  • The MOU website has a schedule and a link to a PDF version of the registration form: http://www.moumn.org/paper.html.  If you wish to pre-register, registration forms need to be submitted by Nov 21.
  • Contact Carl Greiner for more information
December 14th through January 5th  - Christmas Bird Counts  (same dates every year)
 
 

2015   Minnesota Birding Festivals,
         Field Trips & Meetings

Twin Cities Audubon Chapter Field Trip Info
    Minnesota River Valley Audubon
    Saint Paul Audubon Society
    Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis
Compiled by
 Bob Ekblad 
 
January 2015
S M T W T F S
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Christmas Bird Counts continuing through January 5th
 
January 3-4 - Minnesota Birding Weekends - Winter Duluth I
 
  • Base in Duluth - $35
  • Leader:  Craig Mandel
  • See details on the MBW web site
January 10-11- Minnesota Birding Weekends - Winter Duluth II
 
  • Base in Duluth - $35
  • Leader:  Kim Eckert
  • See details on the MBW web site
 
February 2015
S M T W T F S
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Project FeederWatch  (ongoing through April 3rd)
 
  • Participants count the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders each week and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • To learn more and to sign up, visit www.feederwatch.org or call the Lab toll-free at (800) 843-2473. In return for the $15 fee ($12 for Lab members) participants receive the Feeder Watcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds in their area, a calendar, complete instructions, and the FeederWatch annual report, Winter Bird Highlights.
February 13-14-15 - Sax-Zim Winter Bird Festival
 
  • Sponsored by and headquartered out of the community of Meadowlands.
  • There will be catered home style cooking dinner events on both Friday and Saturday nights
  • Field trips around the Sax-Zim Bog and to Aitkin County and the Duluth Area will concentrate on finding birds like Sharp-tailed Grouse, Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawks Owls, Boreal Chickadees, Black-backed & Northern Three-toed Woodpeckers, Gray Jays, Common & Hoary Redpolls, White-winged & Red Crossbills, and Pine & Evening Grosbeaks.
  • Speakers at the evening events will be Sandy Komito (of big year fame) and Scott Mehus from the National Eagle Center.
  • For a registration form and additional information check out the Sax-Zim Bog website
February 13-14-15-16 - Great Backyard Bird Count
 
  • Joint project of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada.  It is also sponsored in part by Wild Birds Unlimited.
  • Held right in your own back yard (or any place in the world you happen to be).
 
March 2015
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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29 30 31 - - - -
Project FeederWatch  (ongoing through April 3rd)
 
  • Participants count the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders each week and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • To learn more and to sign up, visit www.feederwatch.org or call the Lab toll-free at (800) 843-2473. In return for the $15 fee ($12 for Lab members) participants receive the FeederWatcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds in their area, a calendar, complete instructions, and the FeederWatch annual report, Winter Bird Highlights.
Mar 6-7-8 - Festival of Owls
 
  • Sponsored by the Houston Nature Center in Houston, Minnesota
  • This is the only full weekend, all-owl event in North America.
  • Events include many activities at the nature center and around town and also include owling field trips.
  • This is an international event.  There were 900 participants in attendance last year.
  • Check out the Festival of Owls web site or the Houston Nature Center web site for more information.
March 21-22 - Soar with the Eagle
 
  • Sponsored by the National Eagle Center at 50 Pembroke Avenue Wabasha, Minnesota
  • The objective of the Soar with the Eagle weekends is to provide an educational, experiential and entertaining programs.
  • Get the specific schedule of events for each day on the National Eagle Center Festival web site or check out their main web site for additional information.
 
April 2015
S M T W T F S
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5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 - -
Project FeederWatch  (ongoing through April 3rd)
 
  • Participants count the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders each week and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • To learn more and to sign up, visit www.feederwatch.org or call the Lab toll-free at (800) 843-2473. In return for the $15 fee ($12 for Lab members) participants receive the FeederWatcher’s Handbook, an identification poster of the most common feeder birds in their area, a calendar, complete instructions, and the FeederWatch annual report, Winter Bird Highlights.
April 18 - Hasting Area Birding Day
 
  • The event will be based at the Carpenter Nature Center with field trips to surrounding areas
  • Highlights are: Youth Big Day Birding Competition, "Landscaping for Wildlife" talk by Carrol Henderson, an "Introduction to Birding" class, a "Raptors 101" class, bird banding demonstrations and guided field trips in the Hastings area
  • Emphasis will be toward the youth, including a big day birding competition for youth 15 & under and for those 16-18 years old
  • Donation requested.  Click here to see the flyer for the event
April 25 - Salt Lake Birding Weekend
 
  • Headquartered in Marietta / Madison with birding in Lac Qui Parle and Big Stone counties.  Lodging is available in Madison, Montevideo, Dawson, Appleton or Canby.  Camping is available at Prairie Marsh Farm, 1770 151st Ave., Marietta, located 7 miles west of US 75 and 1.5 miles south of US 212 (for more info, contact Ken Larson - see below).
  • Meet Saturday at 7am at the Marietta American Legion located one block west of Co. Rd. 7 on Hwy 40 (11 mi west of Madison).  Coffee & sweet rolls will be available for purchase.  Between 7am and 8am guided caravans will head out on field trips to Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge and the surrounding areas.  Sloppy joes and cake will be available at the legion at noon where you can compare notes with other groups.  Trips will head out again in the afternoon.
  • Saturday evening chicken dinner for $10 will be served at 7:30pm at the Sons of Norway Hall on Hwy 75 in Madison, eleven miles east of Marietta. Reservations are required for the dinner (see web page below for contact information).  After dinner there will be a short program and the species tally for the day.  Sunday birding is on your own or stop at the Prairie Marsh Farm for directions to local sites.  The farm is at 1770 151st Ave, Marietta, located 7 miles west of US 75 and 1.5 miles south of US 212.
  • Check out the web page about the event.  For more info contact Ken Larson - phone is 952-595-9265.