Everyone can bird, first of three accessible birding events

Participants of an accessible birding event spot birds on Barker’s Island in Superior, Wisconsin. Image credit: Marie Zhuikov, Wisconsin Sea Grant

All are invited to attend the first in a series of three events designed for birders of all skills and abilities. Join “Everyone Can Bird: Spring Arrivals,” 9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, at Boy Scout Landing Public Water Access, 11 Commonwealth Ave., Duluth. 

Designed with accessibility in mind, the event will provide American Sign Language interpretation, stationary birding options, binoculars and spotting scopes for use. Expert birding guides will lead discussion and aid observation. The Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve, Hawk Ridge, Lake Superior Reserve, Wisconsin Sea Grant, and the Minnesota Land Trust are hosting the “Everyone Can Bird” series.

Spring is a great time to spot waterfowl, tree sparrows and bald eagles along the St. Louis River as some birds arrive or travel through after winter. Come and observe which feathery friends await. Light refreshments will be provided. 

In addition to the May 6 event, “Everyone Can Bird” opportunities will be held Aug. 2 at Barker’s Island in Superior, and Oct. 14 at Hawk Ridge in Duluth. The series builds on a previous accessible birding event hosted by the same partners that took place last September on Barker’s Island. 

Registration is encouraged but not required. Learn more or register at bit.ly/4331le7.These activities are designed with access in mind. People who would like to request additional accommodations should email Luciana.Ranelli@wisc.edu or call Luciana at 715-399-4085 at least 10 days before the event.

Boy Scout Landing Public Water Access is a collaborative project of the city of Duluth and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is one of the public ways to access the St. Louis River freshwater estuary. This “Everyone Can Bird” event occurs the weekend before fishing opener.