Urban Birding – Around the Twin Cities and At Home

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Urban Birding at Carl Kroening Interpretive CenterAudubon Minnesota’s Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities starts tomorrow, and it is packed full of family friendly activities all over the Twin Cities. You can find the complete list in our Family Fun Calendar. The following are highlights of activities Urban Birding Festival activities and some ideas for celebrating at home:

Urban Birding Family Fun Outings

ecoartsfestivalIf you want to participate in the Urban Birding Festival in an all-in-one Festival, there are two really good options. There on different weekends, so you could even attend both.

ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest • Saturday May 14th, 2016 • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. • Harriet Island, Saint Paul • This free, family friendly, zero waste event celebrates and honors our ties to one another and to Mother Earth. The festival engages kids and adults with fun activities that shed light on environmental issues through art making and show ways individuals can create change.

Endangered Species Day • Saturday May 21st, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington • Celebrate the centennial of the International Migratory Bird Treaty by participating in bird hikes, bird crafts, bird identification and a whole lot more! Family–friendly activities for the bird-curious or bird nerds.

Urban Birding Story Timesbird-reading

Look at those Wings!
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saint Anthony Park Library,
2245 Como Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Look at those Wings!
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
West 7th Library
265 Oneida St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Look at those Wings!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Dayton’s Bluff Library
645 E 7th St
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Look at those Wings!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sun Ray Library
2105 Wilson Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Bird Language
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
3815 American Blvd East
Bloomington, MN 55425

Urban Birding Film

There will be several showings of the film, The Messenger. I have not been able to find a rating, but it is promoted as a family film. Some of the images in the trailer lead me to believe that more sensitive children may find this film hard to watch. You can watch it below and make up your own mind.

You can find free screenings at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016; 3:oo p.m. at Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 6:00 p.m. at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave S, Bloomington
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016; 6:30 p.m. at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (WBUUC) 328 Maple St, Mahtomedi
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016; 3:00 p.m. at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington

Urban Birding At Home
Urban Birding with homemade bird feeders.

Click Here to Find the Article on Non Toy Gifts.

Non-Toy Gifts recently compiled a list of 15 DIY Bird Feeders Made From Recyclables. My favorite is made with an old dust pan. This can be a fun start to a backyard (or front yard) bird-watching area. We’re working on setting one up in front of our bay window.


Want more great ideas?  Check out Family Planning, FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

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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