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Bird Hikes
Visit the Washington County Parks Division Web Site

Location: Various parks around Washington County

Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection. Please dress for the weather and activity; trail routes traverse snow packed trails, turf, gravel and pavement depending on weather conditions. Check out this website for more information on bird hikes in Washington County.

Bird Watching Opportunities
Visit the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Location: Bloomington Visitor Center

Bird watching at the refuge is always sure to delight the novice or experienced birder. The refuge is the home to over 220 migratory and resident species. Bird watching treks are offered every month by expert birders. Binoculars and field guides may be checked out at the visitor centers for beginners. Check out this website for a list of bird watching events.

Educational Event

Nature Photography Blinds
Visit the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Location: Chaska, Shakopee and Eden Prairie

Wildlife observation and photography are high priority public uses within the National Wildlife Refuge System.The Refuge has portable nature photography blinds that may be reserved for up to three days and can be checked out at the Bloomington or Rapids Lake Education & Visitor Centers during regular public hours. A $25 deposit is required, payable by cash or check, refunded when the blind is returned in good condition.

Birds and Wildlife
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi River Areas

Our Mississippi River is a sanctuary for a variety of birds. Bird watching can be an exciting and educational adventure for families.This website will introduce you to several of the best areas for observing our feathered friends.

Birds of the Mississippi
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi River Visitor Center

Learn which species of birds can be found along the Mississippi River. This site includes a "key" to identifying over 40 different species of birds. Birding is an excellent family activity that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Important Bird Areas - Birdwatching
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: Designated Minnesota Important Bird Areas (IBA)

For the passionate bird lover, visit one of the IBA areas to observe at risk species, that represent nearly 20% of Minnesota birds. Observations and voluntary reporting are essential to the conservation efforts.

Birdwatching - Destination Opportunities
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: Variety of Choices in Twin Cities, or Greater Min

Discover the many areas to view birds or other widlife. Varing areas, some with blinds. See link for maps, and locations.

Photography in the Park
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi National River and Parks

The Mississippi National River and Recreational Area is a wonderful place to capture nature and all its glory. History, wildlife, butterflies, dragonflies, falling water and wildflowers are waiting to be photographed by families interested in nature photography.

Bird Watching in Ramsey County
Visit the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Web Site

Location: Ramsey County Sites

Pack your binoculars and head out to Ramsey County parks. With more than 240 identified bird species and more than 100 species nesting in the county, Ramsey County is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Spring and Summer are aflutter with bird activity, but even in winter about 35 resident bird species call Ramsey County home. See website for maps and other resources.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Visit the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Web Site

Location: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

The Garden is home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species. See this website for more information on Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and for a Spring Bird Checklist.

Bird Checklist
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: State Parks

On this website you can download a list of the birds found in various state parks. This a wonderful way to walk or hike in a park and identify various species of birds and maybe even take some pictures. Bird loaner kits are available in some state parks.

Sandhill Crane Nature Area
Visit the Anoka County Parks Web Site

Location: East Bethel

The Sandhill Crane Natural Area is comprised of 533 acres of biologically significant lands which are unique to the Twin Cities metropolitan region and also notable to the state of Minnesota. See website for more information and park map.

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