For more information about Bemidji Bird City activities, see:

2018 Annual Accomplishment Report - Bemidji Bird City


National Bald Eagle Day 

Saturday, June 22, 2019
at Paul Bunyan Park and other locations 

(see event flyer for more details)

Come learn about the important role our area played in the bald eagle’s recovery. Hear from bald eagle experts, see displays, join in fun activities, and even get your picture taken with a live bird-of-prey. Activities for everyone.

LAKE BEMIDJI WATERFRONT (Paul Bunyan Park)
(directions)

11:00am - 3:00pm    Games, trivia contest, art activities for kids all day
11:15am - 12:30pm  "The Eagle's Journey Back From Near Extinction" 
John Mathisen, retired USFS Wildlife biologist and pioneer eagle researcher
12:30 - 2:30pm    Eagle/Raptor photo booth, Live Raptor demonstration, & more

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK
(directions)

 9:30 - 10:30am    Storytime, and help build a real eagle's nest
 4:00 - 4:30pm    Nature hike to eagle's nest

USFS NORWAY BEACH CAMPGROUND VISITOR CENTER
15830 Norway Beach RD NW, FR 2005, Cass Lake, MN  

 10:00am     Beach chair eagle watching (bring your own chair)
1
:00pm    “Eagles vs. Loons” presentation
 7: 00pm    Bald Eagle Management on the Chippewa Nat’l Forest
(audience participation)

MHAS NEILSON SPEARHEAD CENTER & PRESERVE
48851 County Hwy 29, Bemidji, MN

4:00pm    Nature hike to eagle’s nest

for more information contact:  Chris Tolman, The Nature Connection, (218) 556-1826

Audubon Minnesota designated Bemidji as the state’s third Bird City on June 10-11, 2017. Bird City Minnesota recognizes and celebrates communities with a long-term commitment to:

  * creating bird habitat, 
  * reducing threats to birds, and
  * engaging citizens in birding, bird conservation, and outdoor recreation. 

A group of local organizations led by the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society worked with the City of Bemidji to identify conservation activities which fulfill 18 specific Bird City criteria. A community needs 7 to qualify. Together, Bemidji Bird City Partners are already engaged in sixteen.

“Bemidji is a great place for birds, and people” said Jaime Thibodeaux, Past President of MHAS. “So many local organizations, agencies, and residents are involved in conservation and stewardship projects that benefit birds and other wild creatures”.  “Just to give you a few examples; the Bogs and Logs Master Naturalist group has put up a bluebird house trail at North Country Park; Headwaters Science Center has a great “Raptors Rule”  display and program with live hawks and owls; The MN DNR is trying out innovative window films and decals at their Regional Office to reduce bird strikes (the largest human-caused factor in bird mortality); and Brian Hiller, Assoc. Professor at BSU, and his students are banding purple martins and doing important research right here in town!” 

Among the other activities included in Bemidji’s Bird City application were native plant gardens and landscaping projects being carried out as part of "Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji" to promote planting native wild flowers, shrubs and trees.  Signs downtown, on BSU campus and around the city will highlight planters and gardens featuring bird and pollinator-friendly plants. Local garden centers also display these signs to help customers find native plants available at their greenhouses.

Bird City Bemidji Partners:

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, City of Bemidji, Headwaters Science Center, Bogs & Logs - Master Naturalists, Bemidji State University, MN Department of Natural Resources, Headwaters Science Center,  Bemidji Chapter of Citizen Climate Lobby

See pictures and coverage of the 2017 Bemidji Bird City celebration below:

Lakeland Newshttps://youtu.be/sUHEIzjKcjw

Additional Photos on MHAS Facebook