The Minnesota Young Birder Club connects youth to other young birders in the state via monthly field days, workshops, and social media. We provide a challenging environment where youth can learn about birds, conservation and science while socializing with friends.
Skills: Through hands on workshops you can learn about how to identify, attract and help birds. You'll develop skills with the latest gear and learn how and where to find birds in the field.
Conservation: By taking part in conservation projects you can help improve habitat for birds in Minnesota.
Science: Get trained on citizen science programs such as e-bird, project feeder watch, project nest watch and more. You'll not only learn how scientists collect data but you can actually take part in and contribute to real scientific research.
Community: Interact with peers in friendly competitions, challenges and learning experiences. Share your photos, observations and stories online. Members interact via our private invitation-only Facebook group. Youth members can post photos or questions while keeping up on what's happening in the group.
The club is open to youth ages 13-18 from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Any youth may attend one sample event without being a member but you must become a member if you wish to continue to attend events.
Official meet-ups and field trips are held monthly. There are workshops, field days and a week-long summer camp.
Field sessions take place across the metro. We provide free transportation from the Science Museum of Minnesota for the first 13 registrants for each field trip. Workshops usually take place at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center located in Marine on St. Croix.
How do I join?
Youth members pay just $20 per year and can then attend as many events as they wish for no charge. The week-long summer camp is an additional fee. Once you join you'll receive a new member packet with information on events and how to access our Facebook group.
Lake Byllesby Shorebird Field Trip
Saturday, March 16, 2013
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Description: Located just a short drive from the Twin Cities, this large lake is an important rest stop for waterfowl migrating north in the spring. Expect Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Geese and perhaps some Ross's geese. There should be early arriving ducks and other birds as well. We'll learn how to use spotting scopes and check out these cool large birds. Bring a bag lunch.
Nestbox Assembly and Project Nestwatch Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2013
This is a workshop day hosted at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center. We'll put together new Gilbertson-style bluebird nest boxes to help replace the aging Peterson-style bluebird boxes at the nature center and then head out into the prairie to put them up. We might catch a glimpse of some early returning birds on our hike. After we put up the nest boxes we'll learn how to take part in Cornell's exciting Nestwatch program. Nestwatch uses trained citizen scientists to monitor active nests. It is a really cool thing to get involved in. You can monitor a nest at home, a park or a local nature center.
Warbler Workshop & Bird Banding at Warner Nature Center
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Come learn about the incredible warblers that migrate though Minnesota in the spring. We'll work on ID'ing birds by sound, field marks and habitat. We'll see blue-winged warners, palm warblers, myrtle warblers, common yellowthroats and more. We'll even learn about bird banding and get to walk the nets with the experts to see what hidden species are migrating though. This is an incredible opportunity to see these species up close.
Hike through Crosby Farm Park in St. Paul
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Join us on a hike though Crosby Farm Park in St. Paul with Ranger Sharon from the National Park Service. Sharon is an accomplished birder and author who has birded around the world. With her help we'll try to track down some Indigo Buntings and perhaps even the elusive Prothonotary Warbler. There are lots of birds to be seen at this hidden gem of a park.
Young Birders Club Field Camp
Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day This week-long field camp at Warner Nature Center is an intense week of birds for members of the Minnesota Young Birders Club. We'll spend part of our time on site at Warner and part of our time exploring on field trips to cool sites. Our goal is to rack up as many birds as possible in a week of fun. We'll bird in bogs, prairie, hardwood forests, pine forests, marshes, and lakeshores. We'll take part in habitat restoration, bird banding, and more. Refine your id skills while having a great time with other young birders. If you are already a member of the club, come hang out with friends. If you're not already a member of the MN Young Birders Club, this is a great opportunity to get involved.