Prothonotary Warbler

2019 St Paul Audubon’s Warbler Weekend

Fri, May 10 , 2019 - Sun, May 12 , 2019
All Day

Hok-Si-La Park
2500 U.S. Hwy 61,
Lake City, MN 55041

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Warbler Weekend 2019

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St. Paul Audubon Society’s 48th annual Warbler Weekend will be held May 10-12 (Mother’s Day Weekend) at Hok-Si-La Park in Lake City, MN. This will be our third year at Hok-Si-La after many enjoyable years at Villa Maria Conference Center, located just 6 miles to the north. Hok-Si-La Park in Lake City will be the hub for everything: gathering, socializing, eating, recording, dispersing and more.

Check out to learn more about this location which has for many years welcomed SPAS birders.

The registration fee for Warbler Weekend remains at $5 per person. Great and reasonably priced meals are available on Saturday thanks to Lake City Kiwanis International. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. Numerous motel/hotel options are in the Lake City/Redwing area. Camping is available at Frontenac State Park and at Hok-Si-La Park.

All levels of birders are welcome!

Some Saturday leader-led walks might focus on a particular habitat, basic birding skills, bird songs, walking distance, or a favorite place such as the several trails at Hok-Si-La Park, Sand Point, the town cemetery, Villa Maria grounds (if open), Old Frontenac, and Frontenac State Park. For the first time this year, we will have a “Birding by Car” trip on Saturday afternoon. All of these sites offer wonderful opportunities for birders as the migrants travel the Mississippi Flyway toward northern breeding grounds as they have done for thousands of years. We and the birds will be rewarded with all the hospitality this area has to offer us. And, happily, SPAS can continue to document Spring bird migration along this particular stretch of bluff lands and lowlands of the Wells Creek area of the Mississippi River. Note that this year the number of registrants is limited to 150, so be sure to send in your registration form by April 25.

Weekend Details


Birders staying overnight need to make their own reservations soon. Lake City and Red Wing are closest. Cell phone numbers for information or help before and during the Weekend are 651-270-9345 (Richard) or 651-955-2086 (Jo Ann).

Advanced reservations:

Required for all meals including requests for gluten-free and/or vegetarian food.
Registration and meal reservations close April 25.

Information Boards:

The usual Bird Board, Schedule, and Notices will be posted in prominent places.

Evaluation Forms:

We want your input! All birders will be asked to fill out an evaluation form so that we can continue to improve Warbler Weekend!

Friday, May 10

Daytime: bird on your own
6:30 PM Dining Hall open for coffee, cookies and socializing
7:00 PM Warbler 101 presentation– Bill Stjern

  • Help with visual ID for beginning birders
  • Interesting facts and background for those with experience
  • Celebration and wonder of migration
  • Future of the warbler family in a changing world
  • Owling will follow if weather permits

Saturday, May 11

Meals: prepared and served by Lake City Kiwanis in Riverside Dining Hall.
8:00 – 8:30 AM  Full, hot breakfast
12:00 – 12:30 PM  Sandwiches with fruit and dessert
6:00 – 6:30 PM  Spaghetti, bread and salad supper

Special sightings, identification of Saturday leaders, and places to bird will be on a handout available Friday evening and Saturday with changes announced during meals.. The Warbler Weekend Count will be tallied after the Saturday supper.

Saturday Birding Walks:

Morning: 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM and
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Afternoon: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM and
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Gather on the grass at the parking lot around appropriate signs to form groups for each scheduled leader-led walk. NOTE that the starting times are departure times so please be on time. Some of the possible places from the list below will depend on weather, trail conditions and the number of available leaders.

  • Frontenac State Park trips:
  • Prairie walk, campground, Sand Point trail and Overlook
  • Hok-Si-La north and south
  • Old Methodist Camp area
  • Frontenac Town Cemetery and Town walk
  • Beginning birder walk
  • Birding by car (JoAnn Schultz)

Sunday, May 12

6:30 AM at Hok-Si-La parking lot to bird with leaders.

Please report any additions from the Saturday birding to Bill Stjern ( for inclusion in the Final Count.