Guided morning bird hikes continue Sept. 9

A rotating schedule of bird hikes will be in Washington County Parks in 2017, with the next one 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, meeting at the hilltop pavilion lot, with parking in the same lot.

Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county’s Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.

The one-hour guided hikes take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Dates and locations include:

• Oct. 14 at Big Marine Park Reserve, meeting at the playground with parking in the playground parking lot;

• Nov. 18 at Pine Point Park, meeting at the Trailhead Kiosk, with parking in the main parking lot; and

• Dec. 9 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, meeting at the Nordic Center Foyer, with parking at the Nordic Trailhead Lot.

For Washington County park locations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks. Under park locations, find a county map with park contact information; search “guided bird hikes” on the county website for more information.

The hikes will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual) and is open to guests of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.