Big Year of Birds

In 2022, we're celebrating birds all year long! For us at Three Rivers, it's about conservation and connection. Birds connect us to nature in our own backyards and can spark curiosity about the faraway places they migrate to and from. They can help us learn about ecosystems and more about the natural world, reminding us the importance of being good environmental stewards for these creatures and their habitats.

Join our trained naturalists and bird experts for activities of all kinds throughout the year: hikes, talks, art installations, special events, field trips, workshops and more await!

Upcoming Events

January–May | Lowry & Eastman
Come study wild song birds with us! See birds safely trapped and tagged, and learn about why we do it. 

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Search for migrators and other birds as you hike through the parks with a naturalist. Learn birding basics and how to identify some common birds. 

January–March | Silverwood
Every other Sunday afternoon, hear from experts in the birding world, participate in a Q&A, and grab a beverage from the Silverwood Cafe. 

Big Year of Birds Calendar

See the current list of programs and events for Big Year of Birds!

Speaker Series

Join us for a Speaker Series all about birds! Learn from some of Minnesota's most prominent bird experts, twice a month. All sessions are free for all ages.

Register now for upcoming sessions. (Registration opens the third Wednesday of each month for the following month's programs.)


  • Day: Every other Sunday, starting January 16, 2022
  • Time: 2-3 PM
  • Location: Silverwood Park (Visitor Center, Great Hall)

Topics & Speakers

  • January 16: Bird Conservation and Introductions at Three Rivers 
    John Moriarty, Senior Wildlife Manager Three Rivers Park District
  • January 30: Smartphone Birding
    Sharon Stiteler, ‘The Bird Chick’
  • February 13: Minnesota’s Breeding Bird Atlas, Changes Over 75 Years
    Lee Pfannmuler, Author/Ornithologist
  • February 27: Biography of T.S.Roberts, Historical Birding
    Sue Leaf, Author
  • March 13: Bird Photography
    Siah St. Clair, Photographer
  • March 27: Birds of Costa Rica — Our Birds/Their Birds
    Carrol Henderson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, retired

Save the date for our Big Year of Birds signature event at Eastman Nature Center on World Migratory Bird Day! Take a birding hike with a naturalist, meet a raptor and other birds up close, see bird banding, learn how to use binoculars, and more!

Discover the world of birding in the Young Birders Club! Learn all about native birds, and attend programs and events at nature centers in Three Rivers. Open to ages 9-12.

Learn more about birds on the Three Rivers blog, The Wandering Naturalist podcast, and more!

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