Birdwatching Treks: Wilkie Trailhead

Explore some of the best refuge units for bird watching in the winter season. We will spend time on these walks searching for birds that over winter on the refuge or are late migrants. We will study the different species of birds and learn about some other local locations to search for birds during the winter season. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to attend these walks. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Craig with questions at 952-240-7647.

Bald eagle

Date and Time: Saturday, December 16th from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Location: Wilkie Trailhead - 7701 County Road 101 E, Shakopee, MN 55379

Registration Information: Registration required on SignUp. 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 at the Wilkie Unit Trailhead 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: There are no restrooms or water located at this trailhead. This walk takes place on flat terrain with varied surfaces ranging from paved to natural surface. Depending on seasonal trail conditions, trails may not be suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. There are no benches or rest areas along the route.

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 these events for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs at least ten business days before the event to Oscar Hernandez at

Event date and time
Event location name
Wilkie Unit Trailhead


7701 County Road 101 EastShakopee,55379MN

Event category

Outdoor Activity
Age range
All ages
Recreational activities