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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). Check our program listing and join the fun!
May 23, 2017 - Birds in Love - Steve Weston entertained us tonight with his talk and videos about the mating behaviors of several types of Minnesota birds. We learned that pretty much "anything goes" in the bird world. Some species are faithful to each other, others are only faithful to the nest site. Some mate with all comers, and in some pairs the males raise the chicks while the females goes off to mate again ... sounds kind of like humans! Mating, nesting and rearing of young is all happening now so enjoy the show if you're lucky enough to find a nest to watch.
May 14, 2017 - Hok-Si-La Field Trip - We had to work hard for the birds today - they were in the very tops of the trees and thinly spaced throughout the park. Highlights included a Scarlet Tanager, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Indigo Buntings and a juvenile Hairy Woodpecker (fresh from the nest). But the best shot of the day came as we were eating lunch in the picnic area when a Barred Owl flew into the tree just a few feet from us (even better he was carrying a chipmunk to eat for his lunch) and then we spotted a second owl in an adjacent tree. In all we tallied 60 species of birds for the day. Warblers seen or heard included: Yellow, Palm, Blue Winged, Redstart, Bay-breasted, Nashville, Yellow rumped, Blackburniun, Magnolia, and Pine. Thanks to Terry and Joyce Grier for leading this fun hike. and to Marcella Chester for the great Owl and Hairy WP photos. See more photos on our Facebook page here.
May 8, 2017 - Kutzky Park - the first wave of Warblers has arrived along with some other companions. Sightings included: Yellow, Yellow-Rumped, Nashville, Palm, Black & White, Chestnut-sided, and Redstarts. Also noted were Orioles, Swainson's Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo and Red Breasted Nuthatch.
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