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We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are generally held the 4th Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics (not just birds).
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Photos from some of our recent activities are below.
December 2, 2017 - Quarry Hill Bird Walk
26 people came out on unseasonably warm, wonderful day to look for birds at Quarry Hill. Birds seen included a very accommodating Red Tailed Hawk by the nature center, a Brown Creeper, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, a Flicker, a White-throated Sparrow, and a scruffy-looking yellow-bellied sapsucker. Also seen were the normal Cardinals, Goldfinches, Chickadees, WB Nuthatches, Blue Jays, and House Sparrows. Heard only birds included Crows, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a Pileated Woodpecker. Thanks to Joyce Grier for leading our group and to Brendan Lanpher for taking the photos..
November 28, 2017 - Monthly Program at Quarry Hill
"Bird Chick" Sharon Stiteler was a big hit at tonight's program. Sharon discussed birding tech, compared various apps for identifying and recording your finds, showed us how to "digiscope" (take photos with a smart phone and a spotting scope), and shared stories and photos from some of her birding adventures. With a smart phone and a few birding apps you're all set to do some serious citizen science. If you'd like to know more about Sharon and the various projects she is working on, visit her site at http://www.birdchick.com/
MNDOT will be hosting a public forum on roadside pollinator habitat on Wednesday, Dec 6th at MNDOT HQ in Rochester at 6:30 pm. MNDOT is located at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester.
This is an important meeting because MNDOT has come under pressure to allow farmers and landowners to mow and bale all ROWs instead of planting forbs for pollinators. If this is allowed, then even if they planted the forbs, they'd be mowed and baled before they could do any good for insects and birds. MNDOT needs to hear from those who support food for pollinators (and all the other critters that depend on them and need the habitat). Please attend if you are concerned about pollinators.
November 18, 2017 - Tundra Swan Field Trip
Eleven people made the trip to Brownsville today to see the migrating swans and other waterfowl. The day started out gray,windy and cold, but we were all properly bundled up. Thousands of swans were still present as well as many other birds including Mallards, Pintails, Greenwing Teal, Hooded Merganzers, Goldeneye, Canada Geese, Widgeon, Ringnecks, Gadwall, Shovelers, Canvasbacks, Scaup, Coot. Ring billed Gulls, Pelicans, Crows, Blue Jays, and dozens of Bald Eagles.
On the way back to Rochester we drove through the Whitewater WMA and added Trumpeter Swans, Kingfisher, Redwing Blackbirds, Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Red Tail Hawk, and Chickadees to our list. But the find of the day was yet to come. On the final leg of the trip home, driver Terry Grier suddenly pulled off the road - he'd spotted a Snowy Owl. We had a fantastic time on this trip. Our thanks to Terry & Joyce Grier for leading!
Photos by Sandy Hokanson unless otherwise noted.
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