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  P Cherry Zimmerman Anytime English
  I am an experienced birder but would not classify myself as an expert. I am self employed so I have lots of flexibility in terms of when and where I can bird. I am familiar with the Sax Zim Bog and Duluth area and bird them both winter and summer. I also spend a fair amount of time in Western MN as well as in and near the Twin Cities. Depending on the time of year I can potentially show you Great Gray, Snowy and Northern Hawk Owls, Scoters, Long-tailed ducks, various Boreal Species (Redpolls, Grosbeaks, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, etc.) as well as waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers, etc. Area:
Sax Zim Bog, Duluth, or anywhere in Minnesota

Area Birds:
Great Gray, Snowy and Northern Hawk Owls, Scoters, Long-tailed ducks, various Boreal Species (Redpolls, Grosbeaks, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, etc.) as well as waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers, etc.
Nature: Nature: Birdwatching, fishing, traveling, snowmobiling, walking, hiking, hockey

R Bossert Bloomington Anytime English
I have been an active birder for about 8 years. The Minneapolis area is in a major migration flyway (the Mississippi River) and can be very good for numerous species especially in the Springtime.

K Sussman Britt Weekend English
W Marengo Chaska Anytime English
Am very familiar with birding in Minnesota.

C Olson Chisholm Anytime English
You have a very good chance of seeing your target birds if you visit the Sax-Zim Bog.

Have a wonderful time!

A Batt Hartland Anytime English
Upland Sandpiper distribution in northwestern Minnesota is restricted primarily to the Glacial Ridge area in Polk County and the Felton Prairie area in Clay County.

They remain most abundant in Traverse and Lac qui Parle Counties in west-central Minnesota and throughout the southwest Prairie Coteau region and adjacent counties.

I'd say Felton Prairie and keep my fingers crossed firmly on your behalf.

C Marksberry Mound Anytime English
I am a 31 year old dad who lives on Phelps Island on Lake Minnetonka. I enjoy birding, hiking, and most things to do with the outdoors. Rare objects in nature are an obsession for me whether it be birds, other animals, plants and trees, mushrooms, agates, and unique natural places. Let's go birding!

G Severson Minneapolis, Minnesota Weekends: generally, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays English, conversant in Spanish
I am a green birder, mostly in Hennepin County, but really all around the metro. I don't own a car, so I cannot provide car transport, but would love to show you around via bike or public transit.

Depending on your size, I may have a bike you can borrow, or I can recommend various rental options.

Furthermore, many excellent birding spots in Hennepin County are very accessible via public transit. The blue line light rail runs from downtown Minneapolis to within walking distance of a couple different trailheads at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

We can also combine biking and transit.

Depending on the time of year, we can target whatever strikes your fancy - ducks, gulls, warblers, sparrows, shorebirds etc.
T.S. Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Area Birds:
Warblers, sparrows, ducks
Nature: BIRDING, birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, dragonflies, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, bus, BIKING, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum

Y Chung New Brighton Anytime Korean, English
I live in around Long Lake Regional Park area. I think it is a good spot to watch the birds without long driving. There's Cardinal, Robin, Bluejay, Goldfinch and Red-wing Blackbird to name a few.

JL Wu St. Paul Anytime Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, English
I am a keen birder from Taiwan and new to the US. Hope to know more about the avifauna of MN.

T Doherty St. Paul Anytime English, French
I have been birding in Minnesota for 34 years. I have 309 birds on my list, about 205 from the river area here in St. Paul

If you are staying at the Embassy suites in Bloomington, or the adjacent Crowne Plaza or Hilton hotels, you are a short walk to the headquarters and visitor center of the Mississippi national wildlife refuge. This is a place that I would take you. Other good locations are Crosby Farm Park which is nearby in Saint Paul, and Wood Lake natural area, which is nearby in Richfield. Winter birds that you are likely to see are cnorthern cardinal, dark eyed junco, limited species of sparrows, Rock dove, European starling, common crow, bald eagles, kestrel., cooper and sharp shinned hawk and possibly some broad wing hawk, Great horned and barred owls, and various water fowl where open water exists. The best times for birding in the Twin Cities are mainly during spring and fall migrations.

Check the Minnesota Ornithologist Union website for local bird sightings.

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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Minnesota
Local weather Yahoo
Audubon Minnesota Society Club
Agassiz Audubon Society Club
Albert Lea Audubon Society Club
Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis Club
Austin Audubon Society Club
Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society Club
Central Minnesota Audubon Society Club
Duluth Audubon Society Club
Minnesota River Valley Audubon Society Club
Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Club
St. Paul Audubon Society Club
Wild River Audubon Society Club
Zumbro Valley Audubon Society Club
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Hawk Watch
Audubon Center of the North Woods Sites
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 02/02/20143