|April 22, 2019||April 23, 2019||April 24, 2019||April 25, 2019
7:00 pm: Finding the World’s Rarest Bird, Our Latest ‘Coal Mine Canary’
April 25, 2019 –
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington Visitor Center
3815 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
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All Day Event: Salt Lake Birding Weekend 2019: Madison, MN
April 27, 2019All Day Event
If you’re dreaming about spring and wanting to find migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, why not join the 44th annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend? On Saturday April 27, 2019, volunteers will guide birders around Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge, the lakes, wetlands and native prairies in Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Big Stone counties. This event is free and open to all who are interested. No pre-registration is required.
Last year cold weather late into April resulted in ice not leaving Salt Lake until April 25. On Saturday the 28th with warm temperatures the ice was gone and over 130 birders found 139 different species of birds. We found a number of late winter birds such as two Snowy Owls, Common Redpoll, one Evening Grosbeak and Lapland and Chestnut-collared Longspurs. Early arriving migrants included Grey-cheeked Thrush, Western Kingbird and Bobolink. Two of the best sightings of the weekend were in Yellow Medicine County, a Northern Goshawk and 12 Sharp-tailed Grouse on a lek. All of the species mentioned are uncommon for the 43 years of this birding event. A
9:00 am: Bird Banding Programs at Lowry Nature Center
April 27, 2019 –
Lowry Nature Center
7025 Victoria Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
See banders working with live songbirds. You will have an opportunity to see these wonderful birds up close and may even get the opportunity to release one. Drop in any time between 9 and noon.
|April 28, 2019
8:00 am: Refuge Bird Watching: Rapids Lake
April 28, 2019
Rapids Lake Visitor Center
15865 Rapids Lake Road
Carver, MN 55315
Join us for a bird walk and learn about the birds that migrate to and through Minnesota. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on these walks. Bring your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Craig Mandel 952-240-7647, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist.