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Bird Language: Saturday, Mar 5

posted Feb 16, 2016, 6:33 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 6:33 AM ]

Please join us for our next Bird Language Gathering

Saturday, March 5
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 hours, we now meet the first Saturday of the month. 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 month brought us an embarrassment of Bird Language riches, with a sharp-shinned hawk keeping watch near the feeders, a well-fed kestrel hunting voles around the parking lot, and a pair of barred owls roosting in our sit area. We got to see broad range of alarm behaviors, AND get a good look at what was causing them. A treat for us--if stressful for the resident songbirds! As we transition to spring, owls are nesting, songbirds get increasingly territorial, and early migrants begin to arrive. Come join us at the Refuge as we watch and listen for what the birds are telling us about all these changes.

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