Urban Birding Festival at the Refuge

May 18, 2019
Bird watching

Join us Saturday, May 18 to celebrate the Urban Birding Festival with FREE, family-friendly activities throughout the day. Visit the Bloomington Visitor Center anytime from 9am-4pm to enjoy bird-themed crafts and trivia, learn about bird-friendly practices and bird identification, and observe our feathered friends through binoculars and spotting scopes.

Program Schedule:


  • Birds and Beans - Bird-Friendly Coffee presentation, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,Tom Will, Migratory Bird program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Coffee and pastries provided!
  • Make a Feather art opportunity, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; help create an interactive Great Horned Owl sculpture
  • Loon Song puppet show, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Birding 101 for Families presentation 1-2 p.m., Joel Vos, Ranger at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • “Keeping Wild Families Together” 2:30-3:30 p.m.,Tami Vogel, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota Please note: there will NOT be live raptors here! This is a presentation on what to do with young "orphaned" wildlife like birds that people may encounter in spring.
  • Interactive sculpture reveal, 3:30-4 p.m.; “An Owl’s Perspective,” by Gail Katz-James, a Creative Spark project commissioned by the City of Bloomington in partnership with Artistry.