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Beginning Bird Walk

February 26 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am CST

Join refuge naturalist Craig Mandel on a beginning bird walk at the Old Cedar Avenue bridge. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about using and choosing binoculars and field guides for bird watching, and about locations to search for birds at the refuge and other locations around the Twin Cities. Afterwards we will take a walk and search for birds that migrate to the refuge during the winter season. Birders of all ages are welcome on this walk.

Date and Time: Sunday, February 26, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Location: Old Cedar Ave – 9551 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425

Registration Information: Registration required on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/rLmKfrK. 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: Meet near the Old Cedar Avenue parking lot. Please consider carpooling with others in your party due to limited parking.

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: A portable restroom is available at the Old Cedar Avenue pavilion. This walk takes place on mostly flat ground on paved trails, wooden boardwalks, and natural surface paths. Depending on seasonal trail conditions, natural surface paths may not be suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Very few benches or rest areas exist along the route, though the parking lot is a short distance away and provides a shaded seating area.

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 this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning or other accommodation needs to MinnesotaValley@fws.gov by close of business two weeks before the date you wish to attend.


February 26
8:00 am - 10:30 am CST


Craig Mandel


Old Cedar Ave Brdge
9551 Old Cedar Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55425 United States
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