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Bird Language: Sun, Apr 7

posted Mar 6, 2019, 12:41 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 11:47 AM ]

Please join us for our next Bird Language Gathering 

Sunday, April 7 
9:00 - 1:00 

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 
3815 American Blvd E 
Bloomington, MN 55425

Registration for these gatherings is encouraged, but not required. Feel free to drop by--and it would be great to know that you are coming!

Birds talk to each other. We can learn to understand it. And it's fun!

It's spring at the Refuge--at lest according to the calendar. The first red-winged blackbirds have shown their stripes, and male robins are beginning to stake out territories. Meanwhile, we have seen some recent signs of Cooper's hawks and owls setting up their own territories down on the floodplain. As territorial aggression increases, these predators may try to take advantage of the commotion. Come join us on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley as we get a glimpse into the lives of the area's avian residents.

What should I bring?

Bring what you need to be comfortable sitting still, outside on the ground for an extended period of time—perhaps as long as an hour. You will also need something to take notes on. You do not need to have binoculars, but there is no harm in bringing a pair if you would like. Here are a few recommended and optional items to bring:


Note pad & pencil
Ground cloth, blanket or camp-chair
Appropriate clothing for sitting still outside
Sun protection
Poncho if it is raining

Water bottle

Sign me up!

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Feel free to drop in and join us—and it would be great to know you are coming! If you have any questions, or to register for the event:

For a map & directions click here

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge