Gardening tools and watering can in a basket.

Arboretum & Audubon:
A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops

Saturday, May 18, 2019  7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Advance registration is CLOSED.
Same-Day walk-ins will be available!
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes choice of sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch & Arboretum admission

About Birding Day    

Options by Time Slot


Novice to advanced birders
Join birding enthusiasts and experts from around the region to celebrate spring migration amidst the setting of spring flowers at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska!

Choose any 5 sessions
Custom-select your perfect day filled with your choice of available presentations, workshops, nature walks, and book signings!

Register early, sessions have limited enrollment! 

Session Options by Time Slot

Limit 250, Visitor Center, Check-in to receive your schedule and light breakfast in the Reedy Gallery


Matt Schuth, photo Susie Hopper

Sunrise Birding WelcomeNature at Our Doorstep by Matt Schuth

Matt Schuth
The early bird gets the worm! Join Matt for an inspiring welcome to the day!

Jim Gilbert

An Introduction to Birding in MinnesotaMinnesota's Outdoor Wonders by Jim Gilbert

Jim Gilbert
Join local legend Jim Gilbert as he provides an introduction to birding in Minnesota. 

John Rowden, Audubon Society

Planting Hope: Creating Habitat for BirdsNational Audubon Society logo

John Rowden, National Audubon Society
Audubon works to provide birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young.

Stan Tekiela

Stan Tekiela

Backyard Birds: Welcomed Guests At Our Gardens & Feeders

Stan Tekiela
Based on Stan's new book, Backyard Birds, see magnificent photographs and learn fascinating facts that spotlight the lives of the most captivating and beloved backyard birds. 

Stan Tekiela

Bird Nests: Amazingly Ingenious and IntricateStan Tekiela

Stan Tekiela
Based on Stan's new book Bird Nests, discover why bird nests are among the most amazing dwelling places in the entire animal kingdom. 


Raptor Center staff with Bald Eagle

Raptors of Minnesota: Meet Live Bird Ambassadors

Join the Raptor Center and four live raptors (including a bald eagle!) as you learn more about these fascinating birds.

Great Horned Owl, Carlyn Iverson

Exploring the Powerful Vision of Raptors

You will be blown away by the powerful sight of raptors, as well as the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at vision science research.

hummingbird, photo by Alan Branhagen

Birdscaping: The Most Bird-Friendly Native Plants for your Yard

Learn how to make your yard a safe haven for wild birds!

Feather, photo Josch13/Pixabay

Microscopic Look at Contour Feathers

This session will explore the different types of feathers and their function as well as the evolution of feathers.


Climate Change: Forecasted Impact on Minnesota Birds & Ecosystems

Understand the effects of climate change on wild birds' habitat, food and migratory patterns. 


The Basics of Bird Feeding

Learn the basics of providing food and water for birds- and not squirrels- on your porch or backyard.

Owl, photo Don Curle Imagedon Productions

Wild Bird Photography: Capturing Beauty and Respecting Habitat

Photographers must balance their search for the perfect image with respect for birds' habitat and often reclusive nature.

woman photograper taking a photo with a digital SLR camera

Lessons in Bird Photography

Learn about tips, techniques, and equipemnt to capture fantastic images of birds (they just don't stand still for portraits!)

Raptor Photography, Carlyn Iverson

Mini Raptor Photography Class with Live Birds

Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum.


  • Walks will depart from and arrive back to the Great Hall. Each guide will determine their own location and path. 
  • SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

Matt Schuth Bird Walk, photo Susie Hopper

Bird Walk with Matt Schuth

Matt Schuth

Alan Branhagen

Bird Walk with Alan Branhagen

Alan Branhagen

Gardening tools and watering can in a basket.

Bird Walk with Amy Simso Dean & Julie Brophy

Amy Simso Dean & Julie Brophy

Gardening tools and watering can in a basket.

Bird Walk with Steve Weston

Steve Weston


Bird Walk with Tammy Mercer

Tammy Mercer

Birdwatcher, photo Stockdonket/Shutterstock

Bird Walk with Gregg Severson

Gregg Severson



Books by these authors & more available at the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store!

Morning break: 8:45-9:15

  • Jim Gilbert
Lunch break: 11:15-12:15
  • Alan Branhagen
  • Matt Schuth
  • Stan Tekiela
Conclusion: 2:30-3
  • Stan Tekiela

 National Camera Exchange & Video
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Stop by the National Camera table to ask the experts your binocular and photography questions! Test drive for FREE (Driver's license will be required to Test Drive):


Stop by the resource table to pick up information on these supporting organizations

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