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Louisville Swamp Unit
August 14, 2011 (George & Anne's Walk)
August 14, 2010 (George & Anne's Walk)
(Craig's Walk)
Owl Walk in the evening

Rapids Lake Unit

August 21, 2011 (George & Anne's Walk)
June 4, 2011 (Craig's Walk)

Wilkie Unit 
Feb. 25, 2012 (Craig's Walk) Red-tailed Hawks, A Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swans, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Gadwalls, Grebes, American Black Ducks, last year's nests of Blue Herons, a Deer, a Coyote, Muskrat lodges, Snail Shells
November 15, 2011 (Craig's Walk) White Lines on Tree Barks 木の幹に見られる白い線?Saw a flock of about 40 Tundra Swans flying in a V-formation, an eagle eating prey on a muskrat lodge
, Gadwalls
September 17, 2011 (Don's Walk) A spider gets a grasshopper クモが、バッタをクモの巣で捕獲
March 22, 2003 Minnesota River and Blue Lake - Blue Heron Rockery



8743 150314  Spring Fun  Birding Walks (Bird watching)
Birdwatching - Wikipedia
One of our stuff members joined Craig (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge) for his birding walk.
What they spotted during Craig's walk:  a Bald Eagle in flight, a Bald Eagle nest, a Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flickers, Mallards, Canada Geese (calls), American Black Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaup, a female Greater Scaup (his first), a Hooded Merganser, Common Mergansers, Northern Cardinals (spring calls), Chickadees (spring calls), American Tree Sparrows, American Robins (calls), an American Goldfinch, Woodpecker drumming
A Singer of Spring The American Goldfinch - YouTube
Downy Woodpecker Calling and Drumming - YouTube
Mammals: A Muskrat swims to its lodge
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On our walks: 
A Bald Eagle nest, and the parents (calls) perching on nearby branches, a European Starling (calls)
Red-tailed Hawks, Rock Pigeons

Dodge Nature Center:
Turkeys, Chickadees (calls); Educational birds: a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Barred Owl.
Photos:  Birds  |  Mammals  |  Wildlife

Minnesota Spring  |  Spring Fun

6833 140803  "The 2014 Fall Bird Migration has already started"  Pectoral Sandpipers Photos:  3a  |  3b (Up-Close)  We've never seen Pectoral Sandpipers before. Pectoral Sandpipers breed in the Arctic and winter in South America. They were on the way to South America. Like it or not, It looks like the 2014 fall bird migration has already started for some bird species.
Pectoral Sandpiper - Bing Images
Pectoral Sandpiper - National Audubon Society Birds
Pectoral Sandpiper, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
our Shorebird photos  |  Wildlife

Some Bird Species are Already on the Move - Birds & Blooms  Rob Ripma, 07/10/2014


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Raccoon Swimming in the Lake - Photos:  Raccoon Wading  1a / 1b (Up-Close)  Raccoon Swimming  2a / 2b (Up-Close)  on Craig's Birding Walk

4034 131109  Craig's Birding Walk; we joined naturalist Craig for his walk this morning.
We spotted: Bald Eagles, Gulls, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, a Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeons, an American Tree Sparrow, Trumpeter Swans, a Grebe, American Coots, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls
Beaver Lodges, (Bowhunters)

Naturalists Craig Mandel, George Skinner, Anne, and Don volunteer for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Naturalist David True, a naturalist, then worked for the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Rapids Lake Unit. Now he works for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex, in Texas.

3923 131029  National Wildlife Refuge System
National Wildlife Refuge System 2005 USFWS 12min CC - YouTube
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