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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.
Oct. 7, 2017 - Quarry Hill Nature Center: The gray, misty morning didn't stop 12 people from taking a walk around Quarry Hill this morning ... and we saw a good variety of birds. Several Cardinals, Robins and White-throated Sparrows were seen along with the usual Chickadees, White Breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, Goldfinches and Blue Jays. We heard a House Wren and a Pileated Woodpecker but did not see them.We also enjoyed seeing a couple Flickers, three Yellow-rumped Warblers, a pair of juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a single female Purple Finch and one lone Junco (winter is coming). Thanks to Terry & Joyce Grier for leading our monthly walk.
Oct. 7, 2017 - Fall Sparrow Field Trip at Kalmar Reservoir: Coniditions this morning were wet and rainy but that didn't stop our team from finding some good birds. Sightings included 5 LeContes, 1 Nelsons, 2 White Throated, 1 Vesper, 1 Savannah, 12 Swamp and 1 Song Sparrow.... plus 12 Blue WingTeal, 1 Pheasant, 1 Killdeer, a Crow, a Goldfinch and a flock for 25 Red Wing Blackbirds. Thanks to Jerry Pruett for leading this walk.
Sept 27, 2017 Quarry Hill Nature Center - We all enjoyed Gene Merriam's presentation this evening about the Red Headed Woodpecker Recovery Project which has been working to restore habitat for these beautiful birds in Minnesota for more than 20 years. If you are aware of concentrations of two or more nesting pairs - please report them to the redheadrecovery.org website. Read this pdf for more information about Red Headed Woodpecker.
Sept 23, 2017 Root River County Park - Nine people came out for a walk around the park this morning ... it was warm and muggy (with plenty of gnats to feed the birds). We saw or heard 31 different bird species, plus spotted a few late butterflies, a woodchuck and a small garter snake. Favorite birds of the day included White-throated Sparrows, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Ducks, Pileated Woodpecker, and Broad Wing Hawk. Unfortunately I didn't get a clear photo of any of the birds! Root River is a great place to hike and it will just get more gorgeous as the trees change colors.
Sept. 7, 2017 - Northern Hills Prairie - The recent cool weather had already sent most of the remaining Monarchs on there way south - but we still managed to find a few stragglers. A couple dozen kids and adults tested their netting skills and a recent hatch of Painted Lady Butterflies meant we had lots to practice on. We only found a half dozen Monarchs to tag and send off to Mexico, but we all had a fun afternoon in the prairie. Thanks go to Joel Dunnette, Patty Trnka and Sandy Hokanson for volunteering at this event. See more photos on our Facebook page.
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