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Bird Language: Saturday, Feb 6

posted Jan 12, 2016, 8:43 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 9:02 AM ]
note the Saturday date for our next two Bird Language Gatherings

Saturday, February 6
9:00 - 1:00

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

Because of a change in the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center's winter hours, we will be meeting the first Saturday of the month through March. 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!

Last month we visit from a Snowy Owl. These owls typically hunt small mammals in open grassland--but the songbirds in the forest reacted strongly around the time the owl flew by. Were the birds reacting to the owl? Was the owl drawn in by the birds alarms? Who else is prowling around these woods this winter? Come join us at the Refuge as we listen for more clues and learn what the birds are telling us about their home.

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
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