Bird Language

 Want to learn more about birds and their behavior? Wonder what they're chirping about, or why they suddenly fall silent? Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. 

Registration Information: Registration on is required 

Activity level: easy-active, we will walk slowly and make frequent stops. 

Meet Us: meet inside the Bloomington Visitor Center. Enter through the main doors. This program is capped at 15 participants. Registration required.

What to Bring: Notebook, pencils, and something waterproof to sit on outdoors. This program is held primarily outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. A cancellation notice will be sent via email to registered participants in the event of lightning or severe storms.  

Accessibility: Restrooms and a water fountain are available inside the visitor center. This program will meet and end inside the visitor center. Accessible parking is available. We will walk a short distance from the center to the river valley bluff, where we will potentially navigate steep slopes and stairs, however wheelchair accessible options are available for this program.   

Program Leader: This program is led by Volunteer Naturalist Donnie Phyillaier. Donnie has been leading bird language and wildlife tracking programs on the refuge for more than two decades. For questions about these programs, please contact us at or 952-854-5900.   

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 by close of business on Sunday, May 22. 

Event date and time
Event location name
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center


3815 American Blvd E Bloomington, 55425 MN

Event category

Age range
All ages