Birds and Beers
Dec
28
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • The Black Forest Inn

Birds and Beers is a social gathering of birders of all abilities to get away from our computers and meet face to face. You can meet other bird minded people–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your bird related website, book, tour company–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

MN Valley Night Hike
Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

MN Valley Night Hike

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Daylight is in short supply in winter, however wildlife uses the darkness to their advantage. Join me and a ranger from the Minnesota Valley NWR for a special night hike where where we will listen for signs of life like coyotes, owls or rabbits. If there's snow, we'll use the refuge's snowshoes to hit the trail and look for tracks. If skies are clear, we'll aim a scope at Jupiter and the moons. 

You never know what you find at night, but it will be exciting! Space is limited for this free event and registration is required

MN Valley Night Hike
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

MN Valley Night Hike

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Daylight is in short supply in winter, however wildlife uses the darkness to their advantage. Join me and a ranger from the Minnesota Valley NWR for a special night hike where where we will listen for signs of life like coyotes, owls or rabbits. If there's snow, we'll use the refuge's snowshoes to hit the trail and look for tracks. If skies are clear, we'll aim a scope at Jupiter and the moons. 

You never know what you find at night, but it will be exciting! Space is limited for this free event and registration is required. 

Tech Nature
Feb
18
1:00 pm13:00

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

There are a million apps available for smartphones and now there are many apps specifically for enjoying nature or engaging in citizen science projects. Join me to learn more about how to find and identify wildlife, report your sightings and even take pictures and video all with the amazing smartphone in your pocket.

Bring your phones and unlock some of the secret powers your phone carries to give you a great day outdoors. This free program will start with a brief presentation then move along to testing out photography at the feeders. If you have a spotting scope, bring it along.

Digiscoping Workshop
Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

Digiscoping Workshop

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Have you ever tried taking photos with a digital camera and spotting scope? It’s a fun way to get wildlife photos using an SLR or smartphone camera. Join me for a free program to learn more about this popular photography technique. You can try it out with my scope or if you have your own equipment, bring it along to get some pointers and tips. The bird feeders at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center are a great place to practice.

Birding in Cuba!
Apr
19
Apr 29

Birding in Cuba!

  • Havanna Cuba
Cuban tody.

Cuban tody.

Cuba, long politically isolated from the United States, is home to diverse avifauna and an abundance of protected natural lands, from the wetlands of Zapata Swamp to the coastal habitat of Cayo Coco and the mountains of San Diego de los Baños. Join Sharon "Birdchick" Stiteler on this exciting 11-day expedition for the opportunity to observe a wide variety of Cuba’s 360-plus bird species.

More information here. Don't say you can't do it, look at the Cuban tody, you know that isn't true...


Point Douglas Duck Watch
Dec
10
9:00 am09:00

Point Douglas Duck Watch

  • Point Douglas

As the Mississippi River starts to freeze up, many fishing ducks show up at the confluence with the St. Croix River. Point Douglas in Hastings can be full of common goldeneyes, trumpeter swans, common mergansers, and bald eagles. If we’re really lucky, we might spot rare birds like a Barrow’s goldeneye, long-tailed ducks, or harlequin ducks.

Come learn more about local waterfowl and take some neat pictures! This free event is open to birders of all abilities, no registration needed.

Birds and Beers
Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • Black Forest Inn

In Minneapolis, Birds and Beers is a social gathering of birders of all abilities to get away from our computers and meet face to face. You can meet other bird minded people–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your bird related website, book, tour company–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

Birds and Beers
Oct
18
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • The Black Forest Inn

In Minneapolis, Birds and Beers is a social gathering of birders of all abilities to get away from our computers and meet face to face. You can meet other bird minded people–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your bird related website, book, tour company–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

Big Sit
Oct
15
7:30 am07:30

Big Sit

  • Coldwater Spring

I'll be working this in a park ranger capacity but we will hang out at Coldwater Spring to note how many birds we see from sunrise to sundown. This is a great place to learn about bird identification, maybe a few tips and tricks, meet local birders and have fun. If you have binoculars and spotting scopes, feel free to bring them but we will also have some on hand for you to use. You can come for the whole day or just show up for an hour in the afternoon, it's up to you but all are welcome. 

If you have ever wanted to try out digiscoping, this is a good place to test it out with me. 

Second Saturday: Migration!
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Second Saturday: Migration!

  • Coldwater Spring

So many creatures are heading south right now from birds to butterflies to dragonflies. Let's explore what's moving through and maybe see some birds up close with our banding operation. The event is free.

Heron Paddle!
Jul
23
9:00 am09:00

Heron Paddle!

This is a trip that is a partnership with Wilderness Inquiry and the National Park site I work for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. We'll take voyageur canoes and paddle to a heron rookery on one of the islands on the Mississippi just north of downtown Minneapolis. We'll see the birds in the nest, explore what has fallen below and maybe get killer looks at the nearby peregrine falcons. Afterwards we'll paddle to Boom Island and eat our lunches. 

This trips fill up fast, contact Wilderness Inquiry soon.

Birds and Beers
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • The Black Forest Inn

Are you bird curious? Then this event is for you! Birds and Beers is an informal gathering of birders of all abilities–if you’re interested in birds, you’re invited!

Birds and Beers is a social gathering of birders of all abilities to get away from our computers and meet face to face. You can meet other bird minded people–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your bird related website, book, tour company–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

Techno Birding
Jul
11
8:00 am08:00

Techno Birding

This is an all day in the field birding workshop. We'll look for some great birds, take pictures of them--if you have a spotting scope, bring it along. We'll use eBird to record our sitings and also talk about different field guide apps. After lunch we'll stop at Carpenter Nature Center to talk more about apps. If you've ever wanted to  spend the day birding with me, this is it. 

Heron Paddle!
Jul
9
9:00 am09:00

Heron Paddle!

This is a trip that is a partnership with Wilderness Inquiry and the National Park site I work for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. We'll take voyageur canoes and paddle to a heron rookery on one of the islands on the Mississippi just north of downtown Minneapolis. We'll see the birds in the nest, explore what has fallen below and maybe get killer looks at the nearby peregrine falcons. Afterwards we'll paddle to Boom Island and eat our lunches. 

This trips fill up fast, contact Wilderness Inquiry soon.

River City Revue
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

River City Revue

  • Padleford Boats

Cruise down the river with us on Thursday, June 15 as we explore monsters and mythology on the Mighty Mississippi with me as your park ranger host and some of my favorite Twin Cities friends. Joining us aboard the Jonathan Padelford will be storytellers from WordSprout –the folks responsible for Story SlamMN!- and local DJ Barb Abney from Go Radio.

Hear from storytellers about the mythology and monsters of the Mississippi, groove to some spooky tunes courtesy of our DJ Barb Abney, learn about the real ‘monsters’ of the Mississippi from National Park Service rangers, make your own river monster, or just take in the view while enjoying a Mississippi Monster signature cocktail!

Tickets to River City Revue are $15, or $10 for members of Mississippi Park ConnectionLearn more about the benefits of membership and how you can support your national park.

 

Birds and Beers
Jun
13
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • The Black Forest Inn

Birds and Beers is a social gathering of birders of all abilities to get away from our computers and meet face to face hosted by me and Curt Rawn. You can meet other bird minded people–maybe find a carpool buddy, ask about where to find target birds, share cool research projects you might be working on, ask a bird feeding question, share life lists, share some digiscoping tips, promote your bird related website, book, tour company–the sky is the limit. It’s low key and it’s fun.

Second Saturday - Animals at Coldwater Spring
Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Second Saturday - Animals at Coldwater Spring

  • Coldwater Spring

Learn about animals in our park that visit Coldwater Spring! We'll have bird banding, my special CSI Trail where we solve a mystery of what happened to animals in our park and owl pellets to dissect. It's a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and it's free!

Acadia Bird Festival
Jun
2
Jun 5

Acadia Bird Festival

  • Acadia National Park

Super excited to visit this park again (last time I had no digiscoping equipment) and also honored to be speaking along with Jen Brumfeld. You'll get two great women all at one bird festival. 

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
May
12
May 15

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

  • Homer, AK

I'm so freaking excited about this--it's my first trip to Alaska! Please come join me, I'll be speaking and helping with photography on trips and we'll all have a chance to hone our shorebird id. 

 

Biggest Week
May
6
May 8

Biggest Week

  • Magee Marsh

I'll be giving the keynote and hanging out not he boardwalk talking birds and digisocping. Maybe we'll even try to do a Birds and Beers! It's the biggest warbler party in the US. 

The Big Watch!
Apr
30
6:00 am06:00

The Big Watch!

  • Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area

It's kind of a big sit but only bigger at Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area! Join Peter Nichols, Greg Jahner and me for a day of documenting how many birds we can tally from Grey Cloud Dunes from sunrise to sundown. The event will also include walks out into the SNA to look for sparrows, warblers, vireos or anything else. This is a casual and fun event--perfect for people who would like to enhance their birding skills, bird with a group, find out what the big deal is about an SNA and have a little fun. You can come first thing in the morning or show up late in the afternoon. You can join us for only an hour or stay for the whole event--it's up to you. No matter how you do it, it will be a great time.

Are you interested in volunteering for this event as a guide, greeter or official big sit participant? Email me at sharon@birdchick.com.

Meet us at the south park lot.

Meet us at the south park lot.

The event will meet at the south parking lot for the Dunes and we will have a tent set up as well as a port-a-potty, spotting scopes, field guides and a few binoculars. Items you might want to bring:

Binoculars
Spotting Scope
Camera
Food
Water (alcohol is not permitted at this event)
Sun Screen
Insect repellent (be prepared for ticks)
Camp Chair
 

CentenniALE Celebration
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

CentenniALE Celebration

  • Dangerous Man Brewing

Dangerous Man Brewing Company is working on a signature craft brew in honor of the the park that I work for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. 

We'll be doing a sort of Birds and Beers there and I'll be hosting a bird themed pub quiz. The celebration is happening all day, but the birding fun starts at 6pm. Try out a special beer for the National Parks and have some birding fun. 

Encyclopedia Show
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

Encyclopedia Show

  • Kieran's Irish Pub, Titanic Room

Theme: Belle Epoque...how can I tie this into birds?

A live variety extravaganza of curated fact based art produced by Allison Broeren, Levi Weinhagen, and Duck Washington that presents a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month at Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room.  Levi Weinhagen is the fearless fact checker who keeps us honest, and determines if we win by telling more truths than lies. A delightful night of music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more!

I used this as a way to test out new material for keynotes at bird festivals. 

Tech Nature
Mar
26
1:00 pm13:00

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

This is a ranger program I'm giving about all different apps you can use on a smartphone to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors. I'll cover apps for identification, finding birds and even a bit of digiscoping. The first half will be a slide show, the second half we will try taking photos at the feeders. Feel free to bring your phones and a spotting scope if you have one. 

Encyclopedia Show
Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

Encyclopedia Show

Theme: Condiments...how can I tie this into birds? Suet is a condiment, right?

A live variety extravaganza of curated fact based art produced by Allison Broeren, Levi Weinhagen, and Duck Washington that presents a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month at Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room.  Levi Weinhagen is the fearless fact checker who keeps us honest, and determines if we win by telling more truths than lies. A delightful night of music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more!

I used this as a way to test out new material for keynotes at bird festivals. 

Mar
5
Mar 13

Pico Bonito in Honduras

Resplendent quetzal photo by By Joseph C Boone on Wikimedia Commons.

Resplendent quetzal photo by By Joseph C Boone on Wikimedia Commons.

I'm not much of a lister but there is one bird that haunts me. Years ago I went to Guatemala to see many things including resplendent quetzal. I heard it. I saw it's shadow but I didn't get it. So I'm going to try for it in Honduras at Pico Bonito...want to come with me? We'll laugh, we'll drink, we'll see some of Honduras's 700 species of birds--and we will come home well rested.

We will start our trip by visiting Panama Lodge in search of the quetzal and then head to Pico Bonito where we will drink in lovely cotinga, collared aracari's, keel-billed toucans and red-capped manakins. It will be a lovely getaway to exotic birds. 

Situated between two fast-moving rivers--the Colorado and the Corinto--the luxury lodge nestles in the lap of Pico Bonito National Park where 270,000 acres of tropical rainforest rise from the near sea level to the 8000 foot peak that gives the park its name. Much of this land is unexplored and unexploited. Jaguars and pumas still hunt here as spider monkeys bounce through the trees. 

For a more detailed itinerary, visit Wildside Tours

Encyclopedia Show
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Encyclopedia Show

  • Kieran's Irish Pub

Theme: February 21...how can I tie this into birds?

A live variety extravaganza of curated fact based art produced by Allison Broeren, Levi Weinhagen, and Duck Washington that presents a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month at Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room.  Levi Weinhagen is the fearless fact checker who keeps us honest, and determines if we win by telling more truths than lies. A delightful night of music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more!

I used this as a way to test out new material for keynotes at bird festivals. 

Birds and Beers
Feb
18
6:00 pm18:00

Birds and Beers

  • The Black Forest Inn

This is the monthly meeting that I co-host with Curt Rawn that allows birders to meet new friends, learn where to find species they'd like to see or promote some bird related event. It's low-key and it's fun. 

Tech Nature
Feb
13
1:00 pm13:00

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refure

This is a ranger program I'm giving about all different apps you can use on a smartphone to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors. I'll cover apps for identification, finding birds and even a bit of digiscoping. The first half will be a slide show, the second half we will try taking photos at the feeders. Feel free to bring your phones and a spotting scope if you have one. 

I took this picture of an American oystercatcher from a boat at sunset using my iPhone 6s and Swarovski ATX 95 spotting scope. Phones do amazing things when it comes to photography. 

I took this picture of an American oystercatcher from a boat at sunset using my iPhone 6s and Swarovski ATX 95 spotting scope. Phones do amazing things when it comes to photography. 


Loredo Birding Festival
Feb
4
Feb 7

Loredo Birding Festival

  • Loredo, TX

I'll be the speaker and hanging out on field trips. It's no secret that I love birding in Texas so if you are looking for a festival to try out, come on and join me! And bonus: it's home of the white-collared seedeater. 

Encyclopedia Show
Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Encyclopedia Show

  • Kierans Irish Pub, Titanic Room

Theme: Fungus...how can I tie this into birds?

A live variety extravaganza of curated fact based art produced by Allison Broeren, Levi Weinhagen, and Duck Washington that presents a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month at Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room.  Levi Weinhagen is the fearless fact checker who keeps us honest, and determines if we win by telling more truths than lies. A delightful night of music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more!

I used this as a way to test out new material for keynotes at bird festivals. 

Crow Roost
Jan
7
4:30 pm16:30

Crow Roost

Every winter thousands of American crows pour into downtown Minneapolis at night to sleep. The roost shifts a little bit, but this year the crows appear to have selected Boom Island as the spot. I'll be doing a ranger program about this exciting winter birding spectacle. The program will start in the back parking lot on Boom Island and may move as the crows settle. Contact Ranger Sharon if you have questions sharon_stiteler@nps.gov.

Encyclopedia Show
Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

Encyclopedia Show

  • Kieran's Irish Pub, Titanic Room

Theme: Cheerleading...how can I tie this into birds?

A live variety extravaganza of curated fact based art produced by Allison Broeren, Levi Weinhagen, and Duck Washington that presents a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month at Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room.  Levi Weinhagen is the fearless fact checker who keeps us honest, and determines if we win by telling more truths than lies. A delightful night of music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more!

I used this as a way to test out new material for keynotes at bird festivals. 

CANCELLED Point Douglas Duck Watch
Dec
12
9:00 am09:00

CANCELLED Point Douglas Duck Watch

  • Point Douglas Park

THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF DUCKS.

Thanks to the unusually warm weather and lack of ice on the river, there are no ducks at Point Douglas right now--not even a mallard. Depending on if or when the rivers start to freeze, I will try to reschedule it. 

Thanks, Climate Change.