Friday, January 16, 2009

Nature Centers, Attractions, Reserves for Birdwatching, Wildlife, etc.

Use this category at to find or add PLACES WHERE WE NATURE LOVERS CAN GO, and what they have to offer, so we can IMMERSE OURSELVES IN NATURE.

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At 12:22 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Visit the Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave. W., West St. Paul, MN. One of my favorites! They have ongoing special events, nature classes, programs and workshops, and it's a great place to wander around and immerse yourself in nature's scents, sounds and sights...well, you know what I mean. Also, if you become a member, they have a fabulous newsletter.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Even if you can't physically visit the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, you should visit their site.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

The MINNESOTA ZOO in Apple Valley, MN, is a leader in conservation. They have dolphin and bird shows, a fabulous butterfly hoop, natural trails where their animals reside in natural settings, and more. Great for both adults and children.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Eagles, hawks, harriers and vultures; you name it, they all pass over the
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
, along the bluffs in Duluth, Minnesota, overlooking Lake Superior. Also learn about their 2005 Hawk Ridge Birdathon, in May, under my "Nature Events" category.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Cindy Parsons said...

Visit the Woodland Park Zoo ( in Seattle and see all the new animals.
Today we saw two tigers and there mom. The brown bear was playing with a huge ice cube. Inside was his food so he had to cut through the ice to eat.
Another good sight is Have fun looking.
Seattle, Washington

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Thanks much, Cindy. Okay folks, that's the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA and the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA. You should also click on Cindy's name and visit her site--nature lovers will be in for a surprise.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

For “an outdoor experience as primitive and natural as any state or national park,” visit , the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge ( This refuge is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the nation.

With its Visitor Center located in Bloomington, MN., one mile east of the Mall of America, the refuge is "a place where wild coyotes, bald eagles, badgers, and beavers live next door to three million people." The area is ideal for birdwatching, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education, and interpretation.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

To see the world’s largest underground aquarium, go to Under Water World, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (, home of the world’s largest underground aquarium. With over 1.2 million gallons of water, the aquarium features a 300 foot-long curved tunnel, complete with a moving walkway that simulates a scuba diving adventure. Although they’re 14 feet underwater, sharks, stingrays and giant sea turtles will swim so close to you, you'll feel like you can reach out and touch them.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

WATCH THE 2005 FALL MIGRATION OF BIRDS! One of the greatest locations is from the bluffs of the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth, MN, overlooking Lake Superior, where the warbler migration has been in full swing. As of Aug. 15, nineteen species of warblers had been banded at the station, including the Connecticut Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush. All three flycatcher regulars, Least, Traill’s, and Yellow-bellied, have been making regular appearances, plus an Eastern Phoebe.

Dave Grosshuesch even caught and banded a Carolina Wren! There are only a handful of St. Louis County records for this species, and this was a first for Hawk Ridge. Also, his total, as of Aug. 15, was 1100 birds over 13 days of banding, about twice the normal number--for reasons which are unknown.

The official first day of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory’s raptor count and raptor banding began Aug. 15 and will run through Nov. 30. Raptors seen thus far included Sharp-shinned Hawks, Osprey, Northern Harriers, Broad-winged Hawks, and American Kestrels, but for then the migration was typically slow.

From the Aug. 15, 2005 Hawk Ridge News newsletter: Register NOW for HAWK WEEKEND, September 23-25. For the Friday evening program, Dr. Mark Fuller will present, “Your Birds are My Birds are Our Birds”. Dr. Fuller is a wildlife research biologist for the United States Geological Survey and the director of the Raptor Research Center at Boise State University. On Saturday, Al Batt will present, “Bird Stories” Wings of joy and feathered miracles. Snippets from a life gone to the birds. Al Batt of rural Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller, and humorist. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory’s 2nd Annual Meeting will take place preceding the Saturday evening program, and we’re raking in some wonderful items for our silent auction fundraiser. There will also be a ton of fun at the main overlook, as well as a new birding field trip. For information on registration, trip planning, or to learn more about Hawk Ridge, visit their homepage at Hawk Ridge. (8/20/05—Darlene)

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Elas Ferg said...

Louisiana still has a lot to offer the naturalist at Briarwood Nature and Wildlife Preserve near Saline, Louisiana off of La. Highway 9.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on Louisiana to enjoy this Autumn in particular. Louisiana is on the bird flyway. I hiked today to the tallest spot in Louisiana. It is named Driskill Mountain. The Autumn leaves are beautiful now. There fall flowers everywhere there is sunshine which are attracting the last of summer butterflys. I await the arrival of the bird migration south.

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