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 specific calls mean. This lively immersion will have you out during the height of breeding season where you’ll enjoy the search for colorful species like Indigo Buntings, Yellow Warblers, and Green Herons. You’ll also listen for Soras and Marsh Wrens, and learn the predator alarm calls of Red-winged Blackbirds and Robins.
Led by Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler, this nature-filled, multisensory experience will begin at the Richardson Nature Center located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve. After a morning full of birds and a brief presentation that will boost your birdsong knowledge, there will be lunch at a nearby restaurant. The group will reconvene at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center where the day will conclude on the trails, where you can practice using the tools you’ve learned to identify the bird calls you have added to your repertoire.
Participants should be prepared to walk and stand a great deal. 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).