THANK YOU TO MICHEL GAUTHIER FOR SENDING IN THIS REPORT OF THE BIRDS SEEN
Feature photo of Gallinule by Michel Gauthier
On Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) held a birding open house at the Almonte Lagoon Observation Tower. This was the first of four similar open houses to be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Biologist Ken Alison was the expert birder on hand to answer questions. Thirty-one species of birds were identified during the event.
MVFN maintains an observation tower overlooking the Almonte Lagoons, and a trail into the tower and invites you to walk in and view the multitude of birds between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on three additional dates: Aug 30, Sept 6, and Sept 13. A field naturalist with a spotting scope will be at the tower to talk about the birds and to provide the opportunity to learn the identity of the different species. Visitors to the tower are encouraged to bring binoculars.
In order to pique your interest, here is a list of the bird species that were seen on August 23rd:
Great Blue Heron