Registration for 2025 Will be Open in March of 2025

The Urban Bird Collective's Birdwatching Festival

5th Annual Birdwatching Gathering for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ Communities.


WHERE: The Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center, Bloomington, Minnesota.


  • Choose any one of three guided walks—an early morning, a mid-morning, and an early afternoon. (No birdwatching experience necessary.)


We welcome all but have a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color and GLBTQ Communities.


The event is free of cost but donations are always welcome.

More about the Event

More about the Venue

Event Detail

About the Event

This years Annual event is scheduled for May 18th, 2024.

The Annual Birdwatching Festival has a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color and the LGBTQI Communities, but all are welcome. Programs include the choice of a morning or an afternoon guided birdwatching walk. All skill levels are welcome. Register early as we expect spaces to fill quickly.

Cape May Warbler

The Venue

About the venue

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center is a 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge located just south of the city of Minneapolis. It is one of only fourteen Regional Priority Urban Wildlife Refuges in the nation. Two hundred and fifty species have been sighted there, and over 100 species of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and water birds nest there. The venue’s address is 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington MN, 55425.

Event Details

Schedule of Events

All events on Saturday, May 18th, 2024.
All events begin at the visitor center of the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge located at 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington MN 55425.
7am:  Check-in and welcome opens.  Pick up your lanyard anytime before your scheduled time.

7:30am-9:30am: This event is recommended for adults who are early birds.  Environs include Bass Ponds, Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and the area around the visitor center itself.

10:00am-Noon: Environs include Bass Ponds, Old Cedar Ave Bridge, and the area around the visitor center.

11:30am to 1:00pm: Lunch is not provided.

1:00pm-3:00pm: This event is recommended for anyone who would enjoy some time in nature. Environs include the area around the visitor center itself. 

Check back with the UBC welcome crew in between walks to see the sightings of the day.

About Us

Urban Bird Collective

The Urban Bird Collective was founded to support birdwatchers of all different skill levels in leading walks in our own neighborhoods. We are working to create safe and welcoming spaces for all communities to come out and explore birding and the outdoors. We welcome Black, Indigenous, People of Color, GLBTQ Communities and more. We want all communities to feel the benefits of being out in natural green spaces in our various Twin City neighborhoods and beyond. We are passionate about birdwatching and the protection of the environment. We are here to support you in developing your birding skills while we continue to improve our own.