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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.

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, April 26
    Old Cedar Avenue
    9500 Old Cedar Ave South, Bloomington
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in Minnesota. We will be searching for early migrants such as waterfowl, thrushes, and early spring warblers. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Tuesday, April 29
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in Minnesota. We will be searching for early migrants such as waterfowl, thrushes, and early spring warblers. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Inaugural Bird Language Gathering

    Saturday, May 3
    Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Learn how to understand the language of birds under the guidance of experienced wildlife trackers. No experience necessary. For more information and to register, click here

  • Introduction to Flower Photography

    Saturday, May 3
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    15865 Rapids Lake Road
    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    May is a great time of year for flower photography in Minnesota as the spring ephemerals emerge before the trees leaf out. The Rapids Lake Unit has a nice variety of these flowers. In past years we have encountered pasque flowers, dutchman's breetches, blood root, and various varieties of violets. We will begin in the classroom with a presentation on flower photography that will help you get some of those “wow” photos. Who knows, you may even get a great shot to share with Mom on Mother's Day. Some of the topics to be covered are:
    • 5 types of flower photography
    • Challenges
    • Tips and tricks
    • Locations for photographing flowers
    After the class we will go out and photograph some of the spring flowers.
    Led by Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists 

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, May 5
    Bloomington Ferry
    11255 Bloomington Ferry Road,Bloomington
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in Minnesota. It’s warbler season! We will search for migratory warblers as well as Bald Eagles, waterfowl, and other birds that use the river corridor. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Saturday, May 10
    Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
    15865 Rapids Lake Road, Carver
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in Minnesota. It’s warbler season! We will search for migratory warblers as well as flycatchers, sparrows, and maybe even a tanager! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Bird Watching Trek

    Monday, May 19
    Louisville Swamp
    3801 145th St West, Shakopee
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units and learn about the birds that migrate to and through the refuge and in Minnesota. It’s warbler season! We will search for migratory warblers as well as flycatchers, sparrows, and maybe even a tanager! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
    Led by Craig Mandel, Volunteer Refuge Naturalist 

  • Bird Walk

    Saturday, May 31
    Louisville Swamp
    3801 145th St West, Shakopee
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Walk refuge trails to search for birds and other wildlife. We will look for warblers, vireos, and birds that nest on the refuge. Dress for the weather and bring water and bug spray. Bring your binoculars and favorite field guide. Ages 7 to adult.
    Led by George Skinner and Anne Hanley, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists 

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014
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