The Big Sit
Oct
22
7:00am 7:00am

The Big Sit

Join Ranger Sharon and her friends as they tally all the birds they see and hear fly over Coldwater Spring from sunrise to sundown. This all day event is a great way to learn more about birding from the local community, hone those sparrow skills or just enjoy birds and a casual way. 

It's ok if you're not the best birder out there. If you can point out a bird, you are qualified for the Big Sit. 

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Tech Birding
Nov
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tech Birding

Learn about the latest in apps for a smart phone to enhance your birding that can help you not only identify birds but figure out where to look for them. This will also cover a little bit of photography with your scope and binoculars as well. 

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Tech Nature
Dec
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a workshop that is free and open to the public that covers the many different ways you can use a smartphone to enjoy nature from taking photos, recording calls and the many, many apps to help find and identify the wildlife around you. 

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Tech Nature
Jan
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a workshop that is free and open to the public that covers the many different ways you can use a smartphone to enjoy nature from taking photos, recording calls and the many, many apps to help find and identify the wildlife around you. 

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Tech Nature
Feb
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Widlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a workshop that is free and open to the public that covers the many different ways you can use a smartphone to enjoy nature from taking photos, recording calls and the many, many apps to help find and identify the wildlife around you. 

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Tech Nature
Mar
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a workshop that is free and open to the public that covers the many different ways you can use a smartphone to enjoy nature from taking photos, recording calls and the many, many apps to help find and identify the wildlife around you. 

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Birding By Ear
Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

Birding By Ear

This lively immersion course through the University of Minnesota's Learning Life program combines two of my favorite things: birding and tacos! Spend the day with me as we enjoy fall birding the sounds of birds. Even though they aren't sing territory song, birds hatched this year have to learn to sing and we will talk chip notes! We could see eastern bluebirds, white-throated sparrows, warblers and thrushes. If the wind is right, we might even see some fall hawk migration. 

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Birds and Beers
Sep
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

Are you bird curious? This event is for you! Meet other local birders face to face: make a new friend, hear secrets on how to find nemesis birds, find a car pool buddy, promote your bird project or trip. This even is low-key and fun. 

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Birds and Beers 10 Year Anniversary!
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers 10 Year Anniversary!

What? Can you believe it? Birds and Beers started ten years ago in July of 2007. It's still the same friendly, low-key gathering of birders of all abilities. Come and promote your birding project, find a buddy to seek out those birds missing from your life list or just come listen and enjoy the camaraderie. Join us at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis on July 26!

Have you seen the shirts available? If you'd like one contact ornithopolis@outlook.com by July 21. 

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Birding by Ear
Jun
16
7:00am 7:00am

Birding by Ear

his 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.

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The Big Watch!
May
13
6:00am 6:00am

The Big Watch!

  • Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

Last year we had 87 species on an overcast April day...how many will we get with some warbler action in May?

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
 

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Birding in Cuba!
Apr
19
to Apr 29

Birding in 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...

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Digiscoping Workshop
Mar
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Digiscoping Workshop

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Tech Nature
Feb
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tech Nature

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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

MN Valley Night Hike

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

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

MN Valley Night Hike

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Birds and Beers
Dec
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

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.

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

Point Douglas Duck Watch

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.

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Birds and Beers
Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

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.

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Birds and Beers
Oct
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

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.

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Big Sit
Oct
15
7:30am 7:30am

Big Sit

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. 

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Heron Paddle!
Jul
23
9:00am 9:00am

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.

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Birds and Beers
Jul
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

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.

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Techno Birding
Jul
11
8:00am 8:00am

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. 

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Heron Paddle!
Jul
9
9:00am 9:00am

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.

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River City Revue
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

River City Revue

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.

 

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Birds and Beers
Jun
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Birds and Beers

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.

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