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"Morning Marsh" by Scott Sharkey

 

Registration is required for events marked with an asterisk (*).  Programs and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Call (952) 858-0715 for more information.  Click here to download a copy of the September-November events calendar.

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, October 13
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. Rapids Lake is a great place to find migratory eagles, hawks, and waterfowl. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding in the river valley. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Beginner Archery

    Thursday, October 16
    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Have you ever wanted to try archery, but just don’t have the equipment? Or maybe you would like to learn the skills of a good archer? This archery program begins with the basics of form and stance and encourages having fun while learning a new skill. This is a great time for parents and their kids to be together on this state-wide “No School Day”. This program is for everyone 8 years and up. No reservations required. Meet at the information desk inside the visitor center. We will have to cancel the program if it rains! Call 952-858-0715 for weather updates.
    Chelsi Hornbaker, Park Ranger

  • Making Tracks: Healthy Hikes

    Friday, October 17
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Louisville Swamp, 3801 145th St West, Shakopee
    Sense the pulse of migrating and year-round residents while raising your own pulse rate on a brisk hike. We’ll take a long hike through the river valley and wind around the wetlands, exploring some of the valley’s best habitat. Come prepared for brisk walking with frequent stops.
    Judy Geck, Park Ranger

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, October 18
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Avenue S, Bloomington
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. Old Cedar is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Essential Animal Tracking

    Please join instructors Jon Poppele, Donnie Phyllaier, and Marty Miller for three inspiring sessions on the ancient art and science of animal tracking.

    This special 2-Day workshop will focus on the fundamentals of animal tracking. Day 1 will feature classroom sessions while day 2 will offer an opportunity to apply what we are learning in the field. All levels of interest and proficiency are welcome. Beginners will benefit by understanding the foundational skills. More experienced trackers will benefit from a return to fundamentals and gain new perspectives and resources for deepening their skills. Attendees will benefit the most by attending both days but attendance at one or the other is also welcomed. 
    The 2-day workshop is being offered free of charge. 

    To learn more or register, visit: http://www.mntracking.org/ 
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  • Wild Writers! Art in Nature

    Saturday, October 18
    9:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join librarian Judy Geck for a monthly review of thematically selected books that provide skill development, activities, program support, pleasure and inspiration. Learn how to use our Resource Center and discover how to make a difference-and a future-for human and wildlife habitat through literature. Two CEU’s are available.

  • Volunteering for Conservation

    Saturday, October 19
    1:30 pm-2:30 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Since 1996 Warren Stortroen has made Earthwatch a second career having participated in 79 research expeditions! While at home, he volunteers with the refuge, the Minnesota DNR, and several other conservation organizations. Warren will share some of his world-wide conservation experiences during his 18 years as a volunteer.
    Warren Stortroen, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 19
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 19: Galapagos-My Fragile World

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, October 26
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    October 26: Strange Creatures of the Night

  • Sunset Photo Hike

    Saturday, November 1
    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    An annual favorite as we capture the setting sun over the refuge. The location is perfect as we capture the sun as it sets over the grasses which will be showing their full fall color. We will head down the trail and get into position. Sunset is at 6:10 pm so we will have plenty of time to prepare and get set-up. Don will discuss some tips on capturing the sunset once we are in position. Bring your camera and a tripod is a must! All skill levels welcome.
    Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists

  • Wild Writers! Natural History

    Saturday, November 1
    9:30 am-11:30 am
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join librarian Judy Geck for a monthly review of thematically selected books that provide skill development, activities, program support, pleasure and inspiration. Learn how to use our Resource Center and discover how to make a difference-and a future-for human and wildlife habitat through literature. Two CEU’s are available.

  • Bird Language

    Sunday, November 2
    9:00 am -1:00pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register visit: http://www.mntracking.org/
    Donnie Phyillaier, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Call of the Wild Film Fest

    Sunday, November 2
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington
    Join us on Sunday afternoons for films featuring our favorite wildlife and their unique behaviors, habitat needs, and special adaptations. You will also discover how a variety of community partners work together to protect natural resources and manage habitat for wildlife. Recommended for all ages.
    November 2: Beavers

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, November 8
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Avenue S, Bloomington
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. Old Cedar is a great place to find migratory waterfowl, raptors, warblers, and sparrows. We will search for these species and more while the birds are resting and feeding before continuing their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, November 10
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Wilkie, 7701 County Road 101 E, Shakopee
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Wilkie Unit is a good place to look for overwintering swans, ducks, and geese. We may see tundra swans as well. We will search for these species and other resident birds that spend the winter here. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, November 22
    8:00 am-10:30 am
    Wilkie, 7701 County Road 101 E, Shakopee
    Join in on a bird walk during fall migration. The Wilkie Unit is a good place to look for overwintering swans, ducks, and geese. We may see tundra swans as well. We will search for these species and other resident birds that spend the winter here. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and dress for the weather.
    Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014
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