Spring Into Birding

Member exclusive program sponsored by the Bell Museum and the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union

Saturday, March 18, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cargill Building, University of Minnesota
1500 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Nearby parking: Gortner Ave. Ramp

Register for speaker sessions

Registration required for speaker sessions. UPDATE (3/16): Morning and afternoon speaker sessions are full.

Those who were not able to register for speaker sessions are welcome to attend tabling activies from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Black throated green warbler

Join the Bell Museum and Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union for a day of speaker sessions and activities to brush up on bird identification and learn more about birding in Minnesota 

The family-friendly morning session is great for those new to birding or wanting to refresh their identification skills. The afternoon session provides a deeper dive and resources for e-birding. Light refreshments will be provided. Members attending both sessions are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Open to current members of the Bell Museum and Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. No reservations are required for the open-house activities in the atrium from 10am-1pm. Reservations are required for the morning and afternoon speaker sessions.

Schedule, Saturday, March 18

Program Overview

8:45am - 9:00am: Doors open; registration

9:00am - 11:30am: Morning speaker sessions (Registration required: FULL as of 3/16; family friendly)

10:00am - 1:00pm: Atrium tabling activities

11:30am - 1:00pm: Mid-day break: Visit tabling activities, bring your own lunch, or visit a nearby restaurant

1:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon speaker sessions (Registration required: FULL as of 3/16)

Speaker Schedule

9:00-9:45am: Clinton Nienhaus - Birding in Groups

9:45-10:30am: Kathleen MacAulay - Introduction to Waterfowl

10:30-10:45am: Morning break

10:45-11:30am: Flash sessions: Sharon Stiteler - Digiscoping; Pete Nichols & Ben Douglas - Quick Guide to Spring Warblers & eBird/MOU Data Entry

11:30am-1:00pm: BYO Lunch Break

1:00-1:45pm: Steve Stucker - Breeding Birds & Birding by Ear

1:45-2:30pm: Bob Janssen - Shorebird Identification

2:30-2:45pm: Afternoon break

2:45-3:30pm: Kim Eckert - Minnesota’s Next First State Records