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Bird Language: Sat, Jan 7

posted Dec 12, 2016, 10:47 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 11:12 AM ]

Please join us for our next Bird Language Gathering

Saturday, January 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!

Last year, the winter feeding flocks kept watch over the barred owls roosting along the Hillside Trail. After several sits, our group started to get familiar with the subtle bands of suppression and excitement that surrounded the owls. The barred owls seem to be roosting in a different part of the Refuge now. Will they return this winter? Has a great-horned owl moved in? One thing is for sure--the songbirds know. Join us as we gather to eavesdrop on their conversations. And perhaps catch sight of an owl in the process.

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