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Bird Watching Trek

December 16, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am CST


Explore some of the best refuge units for bird watching in the winter season. We will spend time on these walks searching for birds that spend the winter on the refuge or are late migrants. We will study the different species of birds we observe and learn about some other local locations to search for birds during the winter. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to attend thee walks. Bring along your binoculars and favorite field guide. Please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event that the program needs to be canceled, those registered for the walk will receive an email letting you know about the program cancelation. Please contact Craig if you have any other questions about the program at 952-240-7647.

Date and Time: Saturday, December 16 from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Wilkie Unit Trailhead – 7701 County Rd. 101 E., Shakopee, MN 55379

Registration Information: Registration required on SignUp, which is available on the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuges Website.
Please indicate in your registration if you would like to receive a birding summary and species list from the walk. This program is capped at 25 participants.

Activity Level: Easy-active, we will walk slowly and make frequent stops.

Meet Us: At the Wilkie Units Trailhead parking lot, on CR 101.

What to Bring: If you have them, bring along binoculars and a favorite field guide. This program is held entirely outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. A cancellation notice will be sent via email to registered participants in the event of severe weather.

Accessibility: There are restrooms available at this unit. This walk takes place on mostly flat ground on paved trails, and natural surface paths.

Program Leader: This program is led by Volunteer Naturalist Craig Mandel. Craig has been leading bird walks on the refuge for more than two decades. For questions about these walks, please contact Craig at 952-240-7647.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to these events for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs at least ten business days before the event to Oscar Hernandez at oscar_hernandez@fws.gov.


December 16, 2023
8:00 am - 10:30 am CST


Craig Mandel


Wilkie Unit Trailhead
7701 County Road 101 E.
Shakopee, MN United States
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