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Spring Birding & Botany Day

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Meet in room 269, Peter Engel Science Center

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Pre-registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome!

Register for your choice of the morning and/or afternoon sessions. Binoculars are available if needed. Dress for the weather - we go rain or shine!

  • $12 - Outdoor U Members & Audubon Members
  • $16 - Non-Members
  • Cost includes guided birding and botany walks, continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and buffet lunch at noon.

Registration Options

  • 5:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Birding in the Abbey Arboretum
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast, Peter Engel 269
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Birding in the Abbey Arboretum
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (included in registration price)
  • 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Birding
    A guided trip to see the birds at the Albany wastewater ponds.
  • 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Botany Hike in the Abbey Arboretum
    NEW THIS YEAR: Switch gears in the afternoon to hike with local botanists, including CSB/SJU biology professor Dr. Steve Saupe, to learn native plant identification (with a focus on wildflowers) in the Abbey Arboretum.

Pre-registration preferred, but not required.

Pre-register by NOON on Friday, May 13. NO REFUNDS after noon on Friday May 13, except in case of event cancelation.

  • Online registration form
    secure credit card transaction
  • Walk-ins welcome! 


Saint John's Outdoor University brings you a day of hiking through an Audubon designated Important Bird Area in Minnesota during peak migration! In the morning, we'll stay on the 2,500 acres of Saint John's Abbey Arboretum and do all our birding by walking. We have seen 100+ species in past years at Saint John's. Early risers will be stunned by the abundance of birds active early in the day.

Sitings in recent years have included: Gray-cheeked thrush, Cerulean warbler, Mourning warbler, Eastern towhee, Avocet, Harris sparrow and more! View an index of bird species that have been spotted at Saint John's, and print your own birding checklists.

2013 Birding Day - 124 species spotted!


(all tours start in Room 269 of the Peter Engel Center - follow the signs)

5:30 a.m.–8 a.m.

Birding in small groups at Saint John's (e.g. Boardwalk-wetlands; Deep woods –Cerulean)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast – Room 150 – New Science Center

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Birding in small groups

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All you can eat luncheon at the Saint John’s Refectory and group review of the birds seen, led by Bob Russell from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and SJU alum.

1:30 p.m.

Birding to the Albany wastewater ponds with Bob Russell if there is any interest following lunch.

Plant identification hike in the Abbey Arboretum with Dr. Steve Saupe and other local botanists.