The Urban Bird Collective's

1st Annual Birdwatching Gathering for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ Communities.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th, 2021

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

WHAT:

  • Options for three 2 hour birding walks 
  • Lunch
  • Virtual Keynote

WHO:

 We welcome Black, Indigenous, People of Color and GLBTQ Communities and more.

COST:

The event is free of cost but donations are welcomed in any amount.

More about the Event

More about the Venue

Event Details

About the Event

This years Annual event is scheduled for May 15th, 2021.

This Annual Birdwatching Gathering has a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color and GLBTQ Communities but all are welcome, programs include morning and afternoon guided birdwatching sessions, and several online events. All skill levels are welcome. Register early. 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 15, 2021.
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 and walk schedule.
 
8am-10am: First walk of the day.  Environs include Bass Ponds, Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and the area around the visitor center itself.
 
10:30am-12:30pm:  Second Walk of the day.  Environs include Bass Ponds and the area around the visitor center.
 
Noon to 1:30pm:  Lunch.  Box lunch with sub sandwich included with your registration.  (Vegan or gluten free options not available.)
 
2:00pm-4:00pm: Third Walk of the day.  Environs include Bass Ponds, Black Dog Unit, and the area around the visitor center itself.    
 
6:00pm-7:00pm: Panel Discussion by Zoom.  Members of the Urban Bird Collective talk about their birdwatching experiences.  Panel discussion link included with your registration.
 
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.