Big Day Birdathon

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birdathonI have heard of Jumpathons and Rockathons and Danceathons, but I can honestly say that I have not once in my 36 years of life heard of a Birdathon.  And I am married to a bird-lovin’ family. 

But a Big Day Birdathon is what is happening at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield.

Saturday, May 10
5:30 am-6:15 pm. 

Yes, that is right.  12 hours of birding fun and education. You can come and go as you please.  Each participant must pay an entry fee of $30 or raise that money through pledges for each species of bird they see.

The purpose of the Birdathon is to raise funds for bird  conservation  and education at Wood Lake Nature Center.  It will be a beautiful Saturday spent enjoying and exploring the outdoors all for the well-being of our most beautiful residents. 

Schedule of the Day
5:30-8:00 am Registration
6:00 am Official Start
8:00 am Guided Bird Hike
10:00 am Guided Bird HIke
11:15 am-1:00 pm  Discounted Lunch at Firehouse Subs
12:00 pm  Lunch and Learn–Red-Headed Woodpecker Recovery Project
2:00 pm Guided Bird Hike
3:00-4:00 pm  Minnesota Raptor Center Live Bird Show (Those not participating in the Birdathon can pay $5 to watch)
5:30 pm Official End
5:30-6:15 Refreshments, Award Ceremony

Those participating in the Big Day Birdathon Receive the following

~A free bird feeder with two pounds of bird seed from All Seasons Wild Bird Store (and a coupon for bird seed). 
~Naturalist-guided bird hikes (three are scheduled) 
~Free admission to the Lunch and Learn event about the MN Redheaded Woodpecker Recovery Project
~Discounted lunch at Firehouse Subs in Richfield. 
~Free admission to the Raptor Center of MN Live Bird Show, including an owl, hawk, falcon and bald eagle (tickets may be purchased for $5 for just the Live Bird Show.  Call Wood Lake for more information.). 
~Entry to win door prizes and grand prizes from AvedaHalf Price BooksEagle OpticsSax Zim Bird FestivalRite in the RainAdventure Publications and more. 
~Refreshments during the award ceremony.


If you are interested in participating in the Big Day Birdathon, you can go to Wood Lake Nature Center for more information or call 612-861-9365.



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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.


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