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How do avid birders find so many birds? Half the battle is being able to identify birdsongs—not only what type of bird is singing, but what its specific songs and calls mean. This lively immersion will have you out during fall migration season to help you get an idea of the species passing through your yard and our fair cities. Among the many things you will learn: the difference between songs and calls, how to listen for sparrow chips versus thrush chips and identifying birds as they migrate at night. You’ll also discover your best birding opportunities for the remainder of the year.

Led by Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler, this nature-filled, multisensory experience will boost your birdsong knowledge. We'll begin at the Richardson Nature Center located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve. After a morning full of birds, then lunch at a nearby restaurant, the group will reconvene at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The day will conclude on the refuge’s trails, where you can practice using the tools you’ve learned to identify the songs and calls you have added to your repertoire.

Participants should be prepared to walk and stand throughout the day. Tuition includes lunch; transportation not included. Itinerary subject to change.

Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler works as a National Park Ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and travels the world as a speaker, bird field technician, and bird-bander. A frequent consultant for the media, including Outdoor News Radio, All Things Considered, and NBC Nightly News, Stiteler is the author of City Birds/Country Birds (Adventure Publications, 2008) and Disapproving Rabbits (Harper, 2007).

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed or faxed to: ccapsinfo@umn.edu | 612-624-5359.

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