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Urban Birding Festival
UBF logo.jpgJoin us in celebrating urban birds this spring! The 2014 Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival is a collaborative effort of many agencies and organizations in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. For more information about the festival as a whole, click here or visit the festival's Facebook page. All events in the Saint Paul node are free.

Saint Paul Events:

Friday, June 6, 10:00-11:00am
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom

Bluebird Trail Tour
Learn about the lives of urban bluebirds. We'll take an off-trail stroll through the park and check nest boxes maintained by volunteers. If conditions allow, participants will get a glimpse of life inside the boxes. Pre-registration required. Meet at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace.

Saturday, June 7, 2:00-5:00pm
Como Lakeside Pavilion

Feeding Urban Birds
What kind of birdfeeder and birdseed is right for your home? Is it possible to provide habitat without a yard? How can I attract woodpeckers? Bring your burning questions to our info table and ask an expert. We'll have examples of different birdfeeder styles and a variety of bird food.

Spot that Bird!
Come to Como Lake and pick up a map of good bird-spotting sites around the 1.7 mile lake path. Report your sightings and enter to win a prize. Also check out a poster exhibit with information on the habitat needs of the diverse birds that visit or live at Como Lake. Organized by Como Lake Neighbor Network and Como Community Council.

Make and Take: Happy Bird Day Cake

Providing a constant supply of food is a great way to attract birds. Create a hanging birdfeeder to take home. Take a recipe card with you so you can make more at home.

Free Binocular and Field Guide Use
Check out field guides and binoculars for children and adults for a bird hike around the lake. Use them to participate in the Spot that Bird activity if you like. Bring an ID for checkout.

Sunday, June 8, 1:00-3:00pm
Como Lakeside Pavilion

Landscaping for Birds Self-Guided Tour
Learn about native plants and the birds they attract at the Lakeside Pavilion Garden, maintained by Saint Paul Audubon Society. Find out how you can create a bird-friendly garden at home.


Read while you walk! Pages from One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root will be on display along the park path. Brought to you by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and Saint Paul Public Library.

Make and Take: Gifts for the Birds

Pack and decorate seed packets to take home or give as gifts. Choose from sun or shade native seed mixes of bird-friendly plants. Or make a Happy Bird Day Cake hanging birdfeeder. Or go crazy and do both! Father's Day gift? Check!
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