Great Minnesota River Birding Day

I will be an emcee at this event, should be a great bird watching day!

On September 17th, 2005 Audubon Minnesota, Friends of the Minnesota Valley and CURE (Clean Up the River Environment) will be sponsoring the 6th Annual Great Minnesota River Birding Day. Join us as we identify as many species of birds in the Minnesota River Valley Watershed as we can. This event helps to raise awareness of the beauty and significance of the Minnesota River Valley and of the importance of the river to our quality of life. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy the richness and diversity of bird life that can be found throughout the watershed.

Bird all or part of the day anywhere in the watershed (about 15,000 square miles in 37 counties). To sign up for a team or an area contact Bob Williams at 612-728-2232 or Rallies will be held at three locations in the valley on the afternoon of the 17th where birders can go and share their lists with each other, enjoy refreshments and make new friends. You can participate in either the birding or the rallies or both and all of this is free and open to the public.

The rallies will be held in Shakopee at Memorial Park starting at 1PM, in Mankato at the Elks Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods starting at 2PM, and in Watson at the Historic Watson Town Hall starting at 4PM. Last year over 100 birders identified 186 species in the watershed. Join us for this great day and help us to find even more species this year and demonstrate how important the natural habitats in this area are for the birds residing in and migrating through the Minnesota River Valley.