Birds and Bagels

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Photos by Jim Hughes

 photo by Jim Hughes

photo by Jim Hughes


Birding for Fun - a local treasure

Largely ignored by humans, beautiful wondrous birds have migrated through our back yards every spring for centuries.   Okay...that may be laying it on a little thick.  But there are amazing animals everywhere and May is the best time to see the biggest variety of Minnesota birds.  Some are arriving to stay the summer, some are passing through on their journey to the Arctic, and a few are even leaving their Minnesota wintering grounds to head north for the summer.

Come spend a Saturday morning observing and learning about a variety of birds.  You can except to see 35 to 60 species. In 2011 we had 58.  Your guide, Jim Hughes, has been a bird nerd most his life, even co-owning some Minnesota competitive birding records (yep, that is a thing!)  

Come hungry.  Greenwell Realty will provide a simple breakfast.   Plus a small prize for the birder of the day!


Or call our office 763-785-0785

 All sessions are on Saturdays 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Group size is limited to 12 per session.

Choose One Saturday below:

April 29, 2017 at Carlos Avery WMA

May 13, 2017 at Long Lake Regional Park

May 20, 2017 at Carlos Avery WMA

Sadly this Saturday's birds and bagels(May 20) is canceled. Because of last night's rain,  they have closed all the roads in Carlos Avery.   I thought of considering alternate locations, but I see the forecast for Saturday morning is 90% chance of rain.

Thank you for your interest. It is disappointing to cancel, but I will let you know if it is rescheduled.

Jim Hughes,  CRS

(maps below)


Open to all ages 10 and up.  All levels of birding experience welcome.   Please bring binoculars if you have them. It is preferable not to have to share them. We will provide a few extra pairs for those that don't have.   Please wear sturdy walking shoes and warm clothes.  It is typically cooler in the morning then you think it will be. Think layers. We typically drive and stop at multiple mini stops.  But often walk up to 1 mile on trails/ roads, depending on bird activity.   Park restrooms are available at the meeting point and ending point, but are not typically available along the way.  No pets please.  If there is a question about weather cancellation, please call Jim at 612-791-6000.


 Birds and Bagels Schedule

8:00- 8:30- Breakfast provided, check in,  binocular set up demo, Q & A, checklists provided, arrange car pool if needed.

8:30 - Promptly depart meeting site and tour multiple bird habitats

10:15 - Return to meeting location, tally list, Award prize,  Q & A

10:30 - Tearful goodbyes and departures.



Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area

meet at nearby Coon Lake County Park,  in Columbus Township.

(in Google maps search for:  19101 Lexington Ave NE, Wyoming, MN 55092)


Long Lake Regional Park

1500 Old Highway 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Meet at hill top pavilion