Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.
  • ~ May 7, 2016. 7:30 am. Field Trip: Hok-Si-La Warbler Watching
  • ~ May 7, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center
  • ~ May 9, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Rapids Lake
  • ~ May 10, 2016. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Carver Park Reserve
  • ~ May 14, 2016. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Louisville Swamp MN Valley NWR
  • ~ May 14, 2016. 9:00 am. Family Outing: Grandparent/Grandchild Birdathon
  • ~ May 15, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center
  • ~ May 16, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bass Ponds
  • ~ May 19, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Western Minnesota Birding Days, May 19-20
  • ~ May 22, 2016. 8:30 am. Field Trip: Ritter Farm Park
  • ~ May 26, 2016. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: The B.S. of Bites and Stings: How Invertebrates Love Us
  • ~ June 5, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Dakota County Prairie Birds
  • ~ June 5, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center
  • ~ June 6, 2016. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
  • ~ June 9, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Central Minnesota Birding Days, June 9-10

2011 Cedar Creek Bog CBC Results

The 66th Cedar Creek Bog Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Sunday, December 18, 2011 under unseasonably balmy conditions, perhaps the warmest count on record for Cedar Creek. While lakes were frozen thick, the streams were flowing, and the ground was free of snow. The 45 species (+ 2 count week), represents the highest species count recorded in the counts. Still, the total count of birds was not impressive and most counters felt the numbers were low.

Interesting birds found included Northern Goshawk, Common Raven (regular on this count), Red-headed Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and White-winged Crossbills. Five species established new high count including Northern Shrike (10), and four of our woodpeckers.

Most remarkable was the number of our most common woodpecker, the Red-headed Woodpecker with 56 individuals counted. All of these birds, I believe, were within the Cedar Creek Natural History Area. This record is almost twice the previous high count. Thanks to all who participated in the count.