2012 Warbler Weekend

Warbler Weekend

May 11-13, 2012

One of the best locations for spring birding is along the Mississippi River at Frontenac State Park. Join Saint Paul Audubon for this event!

Many birders are aware that some of the world’s best birding is available right here in Minnesota! During the spring migration one of the best locations to be looking for birds is along the north-south Mississippi and St. Croix River Flyway. Our annual Warbler Weekend is held at the Villa Maria, located on Lake Pepin near Frontenac, right on the flyway!

Our annual weekends over the last 30-40 years have averaged 130-135 species, including an average of 21-24 species of warblers. You may bird by car, on foot on the Villa and Frontenac State Park trails, or simply by relaxing on the lawn at the Villa. In addition to this informal style of birding, the Chapter’s Field Trip leaders offer bird walks for beginner, medium, and experienced birders. Several locations are always canvassed, including Sand Point, Hok-Si-La (a Lake City Park), Well’s Creek, and the State Park’s prairie restoration project behind the Villa. A Bird Board is located near the cafeteria, so if you decide to stop birding and come in for sustenance, and then see that there’s a Kentucky Warbler about ¼ mile from your location, you have a decision to make.

Where to Stay:

The Villa Maria is a former convent and school. The Retreat is under new management this year and their rules regarding registration have changed. The Villa wants registrations 30 days in advance and does not make refunds for any cancellations received after 10 April. Last year we had to turn some people away because the weekend was oversubscribed. Please register early. In addition, if you want confirmation of your registration, please send an e-mail to that effect or enclose a self-address stamped envelope. Accommodations include dorm-style rooms, shared bathrooms and dining at very reasonable prices. Please review carefully the new rates on the form below before making your registration. Note the early registration deadline of April 11.

Camping is also available on the Villa’s grounds or at nearby Frontenac State Park (day or annual pass required).

Weekend Events:

Traditional events are watching and counting the Chimney Swifts entering the Villa’s chimney at dusk; and Friday and Saturday evening owl walks (bring flashlights and dark sweat-shirts!). Don Arnosti, a local environmentalist and former member of the Audubon MN Board, will speak on “How You Can Protect Birds” Saturday night.

Dinner is on your own on Friday (there are numerous restaurants in Red Wing), but there will be a program with socializing, snacks, coffee and information for new birders regarding warblers beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the Chimney Swifts and owl walk.


Registration is limited to Saint Paul Audubon members until March 20TH, then open to all on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information please send email or call Deb Bachrach at 651-690-4130. Thank you for your registration and we look forward to seeing you and to a repeat of the wonderful weekend and superabundance of birds we saw last year.

Warbler Weekend Registration (Subject to Change)

Full weekend adult single room $150
Full weekend adult share room $140
Friday night, 3 meals single room $90
Friday night, 3 meals share room $80
Saturday night, 4 meals single room $100
Saturday night, 4 meals share room $90
Child under 12 w meals per night $35
Saturday Breakfast 8:00 AM $5
Saturday Lunch Noon $10
Saturday Dinner 6:00 PM $10
Sunday Brunch 10:00 AM $10
Camp no hookup each night $30 meals $35 for 4 meals

(Prices include registration fee. No refunds for missed meals.)

Sign up by sending information and a check payable to Saint Paul Audubon Society c/o Deb Bachrach, 1163 Edgcumbe Rd., St. Paul, MN 55105.

Please Include:
Name ___________________________________
Address _________________________________
City ______________ State ____ Zip __________
Day phone _________ Evening phone __________
Names of People attending ___________________

Checks will be held until April 10. No refunds after April 10.
For more information please call Deb Bachrach at 651-690-4130
or send email to Deb Bachrach.